Frizzell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Frizzell 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 Frizzell 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 Frizzell surname.

Early Origins of the Frizzell family

The surname Frizzell 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 Frizzell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frizzell 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 Frizzell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frizzell 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 Frizzell 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...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frizzell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Frizzell family to Ireland

Some of the Frizzell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frizzell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frizzell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Annie Frizzell, aged 30, originally from County Down, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frizzell (post 1700) +

  • William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell (1928-1975), American country music singer-songwriter, posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982
  • Henry F. Frizzell (1839-1904), Union Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Gregory Kent Frizzell (b. 1956), United States federal judge
  • Andee Frizzell, American actress
  • John Frizzell (b. 1966), American film and television composer
  • David Frizzell (b. 1941), American country music singer
  • William Jasper Frizzell (b. 1962), former American football defensive back
  • James W. Frizzell, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1907; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1916 [3]
  • H. R. Frizzell, American politician, Mayor of Rutherford, New Jersey, 1932 [3]
  • H. E. Frizzell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [3]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Isabelle  Frizzell (1835-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. Alfred J.  Frizzell (1866-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mrs. Gertrude  Frizzell (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Miss Laura  Frizzell (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Master Gordon  Frizzell (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Niven Frizzell, American Seaman Second Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]


The Frizzell 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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B4-S48 : 6 December 2014), Annie Frizzell, 01 May 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Furnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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