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Where did the English Friend family come from? What is the English Friend family crest and coat of arms? When did the Friend family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Friend family history?The name Friend is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Friend have been found, including Friend, Freind, Frend and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friend research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1696, 1696 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Friend History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Friend, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Friend Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Friend who settled in New England in 1640
- Constance Friend, who arrived in Maryland in 1677
Friend Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rowland and Susannah Friend settled in New England in 1733
- Mathias Friend, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1793
Friend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- L Friend, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- Jacob Friend, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
- Phillip Friend, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852
- Henry Friend, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
- Andrew Friend, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
Friend Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Wm Friend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Chariot Friend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Friend Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Friend arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
Friend Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Friend, aged 33, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Henry Friend, aged 23, a bootmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
- Sarah J. Friend, aged 23, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- John Friend, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Rosabella Friend, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
- Robert Bartmess "Bob" Friend (b. 1930), American professional baseball player
- Professor Edwin William Friend (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from Farmington, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Kevin Friend (b. 1971), English football referee
- George Andrew Jordan Friend (b. 1987), English footballer
- Charlotte Friend (1921-1987), medical researcher who made breakthrough discoveries about viruses and their roles in causing cancer
- Nathan Friend (b. 1981), Australian professional rugby league footballer
- Brigadier Stephen Gilbert Friend (b. 1896), Australian Commander Royal Artillery 1st Australian Infantry Division from 1938 to 1942
- The Gelsinger, Friend, and Related Families by Carol R. Gustafson.
- Chronicles of the Adventurous Friend Family by Friend Family Association of America.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- 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).
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
The Friend Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Friend 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.
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