The surname Friman is a ancient Anglo-Saxon
name whose history dates back to the days before the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from "freomann" or "frigmann," Old English words and personal names meaning "free-born man."
Early Origins of the Friman family
The surname Friman was first found in the county of Essex
, where it was borne as a personal name
by Freman Sceil in 1188. The first recorded instance of Friman as a surname appeared shortly thereafter; William Freman was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk
Early History of the Friman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friman research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1221, 1240, 1645, 1646, 1710, 1667, 1723, 1821, 1794, and are included under the topic Early Friman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Friman Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Friman family name include Freeman, Fryman, Friman and others.
Early Notables of the Friman family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Francis Freeman (c.1645), a British religious writer; Richard Freeman (1646-1710) was an English judge from Gloucestershire
, who became Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Susannah Freeman (1667-1723), a famous... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Friman family to Ireland
Some of the Friman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Friman family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Friman surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Samuel Freeman and his wife Apphia Quick, who arrived in Mssachusetts in 1630 with their son Henry; Alice Freeman, who settled in New England