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The surname Freeze was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Freeze were recorded, including Frese, Freese, Freeze, Freze, Friese, Frieze, Phrese, Phreeze, Frees, Freys, Freyze, Freyse, Freece and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freeze research. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1455, 1476, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Freeze History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Freeze family emigrate to North America:

Freeze Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rachel Freeze, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Arnell Freeze, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Freeze Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Freeze, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"

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  • Robert Freeze (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • Carl Alexander "Jake" Freeze (1900-1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hugh Freeze (b. 1969), American football coach
  • Samuel Freeze (1778-1844), Canadian farmer and political figure in New Brunswick


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The Freeze Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freeze 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.

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