Friselle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Friselle family name are somewhat of a mystery. The earliest recorded versions of the name, from the 12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle and de Freseliere, which appear to be Norman; however they have never been found in Normandy itself. The other possibility is that the name was derived from Gaelic, but no-one has been able to locate a Gaelic name from which Friselle might be derived. It is thought that it was in later years that the "fraisse," or strawberry was adopted as part of the Armorial bearings of this family due to the similarity of the pronunciation of this French word to the Friselle surname.

Early Origins of the Friselle family

The surname Friselle was first found in Tweedale, Peebles-shire, where Sir Simon Frasee held part of the lands of Keith. There is a record of Symon Fraser giving the church of Keith to the Abbey of Kelso in Circa 1160.

Important Dates for the Friselle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friselle research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1302, 1375, 1692, 1667, 1747, 1746 and are included under the topic Early Friselle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Friselle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Frazer, Fraser, Frasher, Frisell, Frasee, Frazie, Frazier, Friselle, Fresser, Friser, Fryssar, Fressell, Fresal, Fresale, Frichell, Fraysser, Fresall, Fresle, Fresill, Fressair, Fraisser and many more.

Early Notables of the Friselle family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friselle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Friselle family to Ireland

Some of the Friselle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 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 Friselle family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Frazer, who purchased land in New England in 1684 and Margaret Frazer, who landed in the West Indies in the same year; David Fraser settled in Barbados in 1745.

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