Frizell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Frizell 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 Frizell 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 Frizell surname.

Early Origins of the Frizell family

The surname Frizell 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. Early records include Gilbert Fraser, who witnessed a charter by Walter Olifard in 1210. A later Sir Simon known as "the Scottish Patriot" was a supporter of Sir William Wallace in the struggle for independence.

Early History of the Frizell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frizell research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1375, 1692, 1332, 1293, 1537, 1623, 1610, 1681, 1607, 1681, 1667, 1747, 1746, 1654, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Frizell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frizell 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 Frizell family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Alexander Fraser (d. 1332), Great Chamberlain of Scotland, the eldest son of Sir Andrew Fraser, who was sheriff of Stirling in 1293. [1] Sir Alexander Fraser (1537?-1623), of Philorth, was founder of Fraserburgh, and was the eldest son of Alexander Fraser, son and heir of Alexander, seventh laird of Philorth. [1] Sir Alexander Fraizer (1610?-1681), was...
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Ireland Migration of the Frizell family to Ireland

Some of the Frizell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Frizell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frizell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Frizell, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [2]
  • Alexander Frizell, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [2]
  • Rebecca Frizell, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [2]
  • Sarah Frizell, who arrived in Maryland in 1657 [2]
  • Alex Frizell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Frizell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Frizell, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • James Frizell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [2]

Canada Frizell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frizell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Frizell, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]

New Zealand Frizell 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:

Frizell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Frizell, aged 21, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863 [4]
  • Andrew Frizell, aged 19, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863 [4]
  • Miss Rachel Frizell, (b. 1845), aged 22, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" sailing to Auckland and Lyttelton, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frizell (post 1700) +

  • William G. Frizell, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1908 [5]
  • Sultana Frizell (b. 1984), Canadian two-time gold medalist track and field athlete
  • Tyson Lomano David Frizell (b. 1991), Australian rugby league footballer


The Frizell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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