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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.

Friend Early Origins



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.

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Friend Spelling Variations


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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.

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Friend Early History


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Friend Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Friend Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Friend Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friend 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



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

Friend Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Friend arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Friend (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Friend (post 1700)



  • John Friend, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1900
  • Mrs. J. E. Friend, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 1920
  • Henry D. Friend, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1958-61 (acting, 1958-61)
  • Harlan D. Friend, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
  • George E. Friend, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1932
  • Frank L. Friend, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 29th District, 1916
  • Francis H. Friend, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Somerset County (1st), 1931-32
  • Edward S. Friend, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1960
  • Mrs. E. M. H. Friend, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940
  • Carl E. Friend, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1939-43
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Friend Historic Events


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Friend Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie E Friend (b. 1908), English Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Margate, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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

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Suggested Readings for the name Friend


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Suggested Readings for the name Friend



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

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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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