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

Friar Early Origins



The surname Friar 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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Friar Spelling Variations


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Friar 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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Friar Early History


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Friar Early History



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

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Friar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Friar Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Friar 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Friar, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Hannah Friar, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Walter Friar, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Friar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Friar (post 1700)



  • Kimon Friar (1911-1993), Greek-American poet and translator of Greek poetry
  • G. Edward Friar, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Tennessee, 1958
  • Emmett Friar (b. 1985), Irish professional footballer
  • Sean Friar (b. 1979), Irish footballer
  • John Friar (1911-1979), Scottish footballer

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Friar Historic Events


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Friar Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Jack Allan Friar (1913-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class from Kingsgrove, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Friar, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Friar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Friar 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 30 October 2015 at 10:14.

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