Freeling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Freeling was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name Freeland. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The surname Freeling also originated as the place-name Freeland, a parish in the dioceses of Oxford.

Early Origins of the Freeling family

The surname Freeling was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Freeling family

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Freeling Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Freeling include Freeland, Freeling, Frieland and others.

Early Notables of the Freeling family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Freeling family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Freeling were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Freeland who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; Tennant Freeland settled in Philadelphia in 1817; George Freeland settled in Savannah Georgia in 1867.

Contemporary Notables of the name Freeling (post 1700)

  • S. P. Freeling, American Democrat politician, Oklahoma State Attorney General; Elected 1918 [1]
  • Joseph E. Freeling, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Ninth Bristol District, 1917-18 [1]
  • Nicolas Freeling, English mystery Writer
  • Frances Freeling Broderip (1830-1878), English authoress, second daughter of Thomas Hood, the poet, who died in 1845 [2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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