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The distinguished surname Frere 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 Frere is an occupational name for a friar. The surname Frere is derived from the Old French word frere, which means friar.

Frere Early Origins



The surname Frere 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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Frere Spelling Variations


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Frere 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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Frere Early History


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Frere Early History



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

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Frere Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frere Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Frere 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 Frere arrived in North America very early:

Frere Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Frere, who landed in Virginia in 1641
  • Hugh Frere, who landed in New York in 1676

Frere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James B Frere, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1815
  • Barrow Frere, who landed in America in 1832
  • Joseph Frere, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frere (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frere (post 1700)



  • John Hookham Frere (1769-1846), English diplomat, author and poet
  • Walter Frere (1863-1938), English monk and bishop
  • Bernard-Georges-François Frère, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Professor Sheppard Frere, Archaeology
  • James Frere, Surgeon
  • Alexander Frere, Diplomat
  • Sir Henry Bartle Frere (1815-1884), British colonial administrator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Frere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frere 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 5 March 2015 at 11:59.

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