Friend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Friend family

The surname Friend 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 Friend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friend research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1696, 1696, 1696, 1675, 1728, 1667, 1751, 1669, 1745, 1683, 1715, 1766, 1714, 1667 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Friend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Friend Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Friend family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Friend (Freind) (died 1696), was an English conspirator arraigned for high treason at the Old Bailey, 23 March 1696, denied the assistance of counsel and executed at Tyburn 3 April 1696. [1] John Freind (1675-1728), was an English physician and politician, a younger brother of Robert Freind, born at Croton (or Croughton), near Brackley in Northamptonshire, of which place his father, William Freind...
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United States Friend migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Friend Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rowland and Susannah Friend, who settled in New England in 1733
  • Mathias Friend, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Friend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Friend, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Jacob Friend, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [2]
  • Phillip Friend, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [2]
  • Henry Friend, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [2]
  • Andrew Friend, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Friend migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friend Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Friend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Chariot Friend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Friend migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Friend Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Friend, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [3]
  • Mr. James Friend, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 15 years , transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

New Zealand Friend migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Friend Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Friend, aged 33, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Mr. Richard Friend, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Sarah Anne Friend née Stokes, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • Mr. Edmund Friend, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1863 [5]
  • Mr. Henry Friend, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1863 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Friend (post 1700) +

  • Robert Bartmess "Bob" Friend (1930-2019), American Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played from 1951 to 1966
  • William Nat Friend, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oakland, California, 1928-33 [6]
  • William H. Friend, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oakland, California, 1898-1902 [6]
  • William Friend (b. 1949), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2004, 2008 [6]
  • Victor A. Friend, American Republican politician, Candidate for Massachusetts Governor's Council 6th District, 1948 [6]
  • Theodore H. Friend Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 2nd District, 1918 [6]
  • Sylvia Ann Friend, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2008 [6]
  • Robert R. Friend, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920 [6]
  • S. H. Friend, American Democrat politician, Chair of Nuckolls County Democratic Party, 1940 [6]
  • Robert B. Friend, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [6]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie E Friend (b. 1908), English Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Margate, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Professor Edwin William Friend, American 1st Class Passenger from Farmington, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Friend +

  • 1799 The Gelsinger, Friend, and Related Families by Carol R. Gustafson, Chronicles of the Adventurous Friend Family by Friend Family Association of America.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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