Friday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Friday family

The surname Friday was first found in Staffordshire at Fradley, a village and civil parish in Lichfield District. Fradley heath formed part of the extensive waste of Alrewas-Hay, but was inclosed about 1805. [1] The village dates back to the 12 century when it was first recorded as 'Frodeleye', or 'Frod's lea'. Alrewas and Fradley, was a large civil parish that was divided into the two new parishes of Alrewas and Fradley in 2009.

Early History of the Friday family

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Friday Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Friday, Fridaye, Freeday, Freyday, Feraday, Fareday, Fryeday, Farraday, Farady, Fridey, Faraday, Frieday, Fryday and many more.

Early Notables of the Friday family (pre 1700)

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United States Friday migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Friday or a variant listed above were:

Friday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Friday, who arrived in North Carolina in 1738 [2]
  • Martin Friday, who landed in South Carolina in 1742 [2]
  • John Friday, who landed in South Carolina in 1748 [2]
Friday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Friday, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Friday (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Colbert Friday (1933-2017), American author who wrote on the topics of female sexuality and liberation
  • William H. Friday, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1895 [3]
  • Nicholas Friday, American politician, Independent Candidate for Virgin Islands legislature from St. Thomas-St.John, 2002 [3]
  • John Friday, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska, 1905-07, 1909-12, 1915-17, 1921-23 [3]
  • Tim Friday (b. 1961), American NHL ice hockey player who played in 23 games for the Detroit Red Wings (1985-1986)
  • Helen Patricia "Pat" Friday (b. 1921), American singer, best known for her work with Glenn Miller and Roy Rogers
  • Hershel Friday (1922-1994), American lawyer, once considered by Richard Nixon to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court
  • David Friday (1876-1945), American educator, President of Michigan Agricultural College (1922-1923)
  • William Clyde "Bill" Friday (1920-2012), American educator, head of the University of North Carolina for thirty years (1956 to 1986)
  • Robin Friday (1952-1990), English footballer who played from 1965 to 1969
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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