The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Frewen came from a baptismal nameFrewen.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Frewen family
The surname Frewen was first found in Worcestershire
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.
Early History of the Frewen family
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Frewen Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Frewen has been recorded under many different variations, including Frewen, Frewin, Frewyn and others.
Early Notables of the Frewen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frewen family to Ireland
Some of the Frewen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Frewen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Frewen or a variant listed above:
Frewen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Frewen who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
Frewen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick and John Frewen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866
Contemporary Notables of the name Frewen (post 1700)
- Frank W Frewen (1887-1937), American architect
- Thomas Frewen M.D. (1704-1791), English physician who was one of the first in England to adopt the practice of inoculation for small-pox
- Moreton Frewen (1853-1924), English writer on monetary reform, Member of Parliament for North East Cork
- Charles Hay Frewen (1813-1878), English land-owner and Conservative Party politician
- Admiral Sir John Byng Frewen GCB (1911-1975), British Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
The Frewen 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: Mutare non est meum
Motto Translation: It is not my nature to change.