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The distinguished surname Frierson emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Frierson is an occupational name for a friar. The surname Frierson is derived from the Old French word frere, which means friar.

Frierson Early Origins



The surname Frierson was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Frierson Spelling Variations


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Frierson Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Freer, Fryer, Frier, Frere and others.

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Frierson Early History


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Frierson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frierson research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Frierson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frierson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frierson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Frierson 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



Early immigration records have shown some of the first Friersons to arrive on North American shores: Martin Freer settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Walgrave Freer settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1718; George Frier settled in Virginia with his wife Ursula in 1764.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frierson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frierson (post 1700)



  • William Little Frierson (1868-1953), American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1905-07; U.S. Solicitor General, 1920-21
  • John Frierson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 2004
  • Horace Frierson Jr. (1881-1956), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1933-47
  • Horace Frierson (1849-1936), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1912
  • Delaine Frierson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2000
  • Beverly Frierson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2000
  • Bernice H. Frierson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Conway, South Carolina, 1928-29 (acting, 1928-29)
  • Benjamin Taylor Frierson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Conway, South Carolina, 1924-28, 1929-30 (acting, 1924)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Frierson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frierson 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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