Frend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Frend is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. 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 Frend family

The surname Frend 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.

Important Dates for the Frend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frend research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1696, 1696 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Frend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frend Spelling Variations

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 Frend were recorded, including Friend, Freind, Frend and others.

Early Notables of the Frend family (pre 1700)

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Frend migration to the United States

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 Frend family emigrate to North America:

Frend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Frend, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frend (post 1700)

  • Joseph A. Frend, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1928 [2]
  • William Frend de Morgan (1839-1917), English ceramic artist

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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