When the Strongbownians began to settle in Ireland
, they initially ignored the established Gaelic system for developing of patronymic
names and solely relied on their own traditional naming practices. Eventually, however, the two differing customs drew upon one another to some degree. The Strongbow
settlers, unlike their Gaelic neighbors, frequently used nickname
surnames. These Anglo-Norman nicknames were frequently of two types: "oath names" and "imperative names." Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Freiman is derived from a nickname for a free-born man. The surname Freiman is derived from the Old English words "freomann" and "frigmann," which both mean freeman. The surname Freiman is also used as an Anglicized version of Mac an tSaoir, which means son of the craftsman.
Early Origins of the Freiman family
The surname Freiman was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they were granted lands by Strongbow
after the invasion of Ireland
Early History of the Freiman family
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Freiman Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations
of the name Freiman that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Freeman, Freman and others.
Early Notables of the Freiman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freiman family to the New World and Oceana
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families
desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland
resulted in the Great Potato Famine
. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Freiman:
Freiman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Georg Adam Freiman, who landed in America in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Freiman (post 1700)
- Nathan Samuel "Nate" Freiman (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball first baseman for the Oakland Athletics
- Richard D. Freiman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 21st District, 1990 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Mark Freiman, Canadian lawyer, public servant and President of the Canadian Jewish Congress (2009-2011)
- Alexander Arnoldovich Freiman (1879-1968), Polish-born, Soviet researcher for the Iranian languages
- Gregory Abelevich Freiman (b. 1926), Russian mathematician, known for his work in additive number theory and for developing Freiman's theorem
- Archibald Jacob “Archie” Freiman (1880-1944), Lithuanian-born, Canadian Jewish businessman, founder of A.J. Freiman Limited, or Freimans, a landmark department store on Rideau Street in Ottawa in 1918
The Freiman Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.