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Many of the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the Western world have Gaelic origins. The Irish Gaelic form of the name Friel is O Firgil, which later became O Frigil; the name means "man of valor."

Friel Early Origins



The surname Friel was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The O'Firghil were descended from Eoghan, brother of St. Columcille. They were hereditary co-arbs of Kilmacrenan in County Donegal.

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Friel Spelling Variations


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Friel Spelling Variations



Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Friel family name. Before widespread literacy, a person entrusted the proper documentation of his name to the individual scribe. As a result, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Variations found include Friel, Freel, O'Friel, O'Freel, Freiel, O'Freiel, Frehill and many more.

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Friel Early History


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Friel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friel research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1299, 1573 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Friel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Friel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Friel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friel 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



Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name Friel:

Friel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Friel landed in America in 1709 with his wife, son, and daughter

Friel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Friel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • C ^ Friel, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Friel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County in 1876
  • Anthony Friel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Adam, Arthur, Barney, Bernard, Charles, Daniel, Dennis, Edward, Francis, Hugh, Humphry, James, Jeremiah, John, Joseph, Michael, Neal, Patrick, Thomas, and William Friel, all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1836 and 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Friel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Friel arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Mary Friel, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Hugh Friel, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Hugh Friel, aged 9 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838

Friel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Friel, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"

Friel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Friel, aged 23, a dressmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Friel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Friel (post 1700)



  • William G. Friel, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 13th District, 1954
  • James D. Friel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1948
  • Mrs. James D. Friel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940
  • Ester Friel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • Courtney Friel, American television presenter
  • Bernard Patrick "Brian" Friel (1929-2015), Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company
  • Brian Friel (b. 1929), Northern Ireland playwright and director
  • Tony Friel (b. 1958), British bass guitarist
  • Henry James Friel (1823-1869), Canadian politician, Mayor of Bytown in 1854 and then of Ottawa, Canada in 1863 and 1868-1869
  • Anna Friel (b. 1976), British actress

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    The Friel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Friel 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 18 December 2015 at 19:06.

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