The ancient history of the name Fryend dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was considered to be very good-natured and neighborly. The surname is derived from the Old English word frend
which meant friend.
During the Middle Ages people would use this word when they referred to their relatives or their kinsmen.
Early Origins of the Fryend family
The surname Fryend was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fryend family
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Fryend Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fryend include Friend, Freind, Frend and others.
Early Notables of the Fryend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fryend family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fryend or a variant listed above: John Friend who settled in New England
in 1640; Rowland and Susannah Friend settled in New England
in 1733; Charles, George, Henry, Jacob, Martin, Norman and William Friend all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..