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The distinguished surname Freer emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Freer is an occupational name for a friar. The surname Freer is derived from the Old French word frere, which means friar.

Freer Early Origins



The surname Freer was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Freer Spelling Variations


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Freer Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Freer, Fryer, Frier, Frere and others.

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Freer Early History


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Freer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freer research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Freer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Freer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Freer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Freer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Freer arrived in North America very early:

Freer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Amall Freer, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Hugo Freer, who arrived in New York in 1675

Freer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walgrave Freer settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1718
  • Martin Freer settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Francis Freer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Freer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Freer, who landed in Maryland in 1820
  • Henri Freer, who landed in Texas in 1850
  • Frank Freer, who landed in Arkansas in 1872

Freer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan William Freer, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • William Freer, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Alice Freer, aged 15, a nursemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Elizabeth A. Freer, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Hannah Freer, aged 14, a nursemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Freer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Freer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Freer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Julia A. Freer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Sarah Ann Freer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Zillah Freer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Freer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Freer (post 1700)



  • Romeo Hoyt Freer (1846-1913), American Republican politician, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney, 1871-73; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1872; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 4th District, 1899-1901
  • Robert Franklin Freer (b. 1892), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bristol, 1917-18
  • Robert Elliott Freer (b. 1896), American Republican politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1935-48; Chair, Federal Trade Commission, 1939, 1944, 1948
  • Leon D. Freer, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 26th District, 1881-83
  • Jacob S. Freer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 1st District, 1852; Member of New York State Senate 10th District, 1862-63
  • Charles Lang Freer, American railroad-car manufacturer from Detroit, Michigan
  • Charles Freer, Churchman
  • Mike Freer (b. 1960), British politician
  • Frederick Alfred William Freer (1915-1998), Australian cricketer
  • Dave Freer, South African-born science fiction author

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Freer Historic Events


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Freer Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Walter Edward Albert Freer (1903-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Freer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 September 2016 at 05:50.

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