The earliest origins of the family name Freent date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was considered to be very good-natured and neighborly. The surname is derived from the Old English word frend
which meant friend.
During the Middle Ages people would use this word when they referred to their relatives or their kinsmen.
Early Origins of the Freent family
The surname Freent was first found in Somerset
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.
Early History of the Freent family
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Freent Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Freent include Friend, Freind, Frend and others.
Early Notables of the Freent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freent family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Friend who settled in New England
in 1640; Rowland and Susannah Friend settled in New England
in 1733; Charles, George, Henry, Jacob, Martin, Norman and William Friend all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..