Early Origins of the Freimuth family
The surname Freimuth was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of lands Reginald Freimantel who succeeded the Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Freimuth family
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Freimuth Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Freemantle, Fremantle, Freimantle, Fremantel and many more.
Early Notables of the Freimuth family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819), a highly successful naval officer in the Royal Navy, who was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and received several Austrian
and Italian knighthoods; his eldest son Thomas Francis Fremantle, 1st... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Freimuth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Freimuth family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Freimuth name or one of its variants:
Freimuth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Marie Engel Freimuth, who arrived in America sometime between 1840 and 1842
- Ernst Ludwig Freimuth, who arrived in America in 1857
- A. M. Freimuth, who arrived in America in 1857
- Carl Heinrich August Freimuth, who settled in America in 1857
- Carl Freimuth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869
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Freimuth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eddie Freimuth, who settled in Peoria, IL in 1904
Contemporary Notables of the name Freimuth (post 1700)
- Jörg Freimuth (b. 1961), East German athlete who competed mainly in the High Jump
The Freimuth 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 prece ne pretio
Motto Translation: Neither prayer, nor price