The origins of the Friand surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was 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 Friand family
The surname Friand 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.
Early History of the Friand family
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Friand 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. Friand has been recorded under many different variations, including Friend, Freind, Frend and others.
Early Notables of the Friand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Friand 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 Friand or a variant listed above: John Friend who settled in New England
in 1640; Rowland and Susannah Friend settled in New England
in 1733; Charles, George, Henry, Jacob, Martin, Norman and William Friend all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..