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The distinguished surname Fryer emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Fryer is an occupational name for a friar. The surname Fryer is derived from the Old French word frere, which means friar.

Fryer Early Origins



The surname Fryer was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Fryer Spelling Variations


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Fryer Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Freer, Fryer, Frier, Frere and others.

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Fryer Early History


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Fryer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fryer research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Fryer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fryer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fryer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fryer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early immigration records have shown some of the first Fryers to arrive on North American shores:

Fryer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Fryer settled in Virginia with his wife in 1623
  • Thomas Fryer, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • John Fryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Edward Fryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Edward Fryer, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fryer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Fryer, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Mary Fryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Anne Fryer, who came to Virginia in 1702
  • Humphry Fryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • John Caspar Fryer, who landed in New York in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fryer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. Fryer, who arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • A. Fryer, who settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Augustin Fryer, who came to Louisiana in 1836-1841
  • James Fryer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • George Fryer, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fryer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Fryer, aged 22, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool, England

Fryer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Fryer, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Jemima Fryer, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Fryer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Fryer arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surge" in 1855
  • Anthony Fryer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • James A. Fryer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Benjamin Fryer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Thomas Fryer, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fryer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fryer (post 1700)



  • Eric Joseph Fryer (b. 1985), American professional baseball catcher
  • Lester K. Fryer (1919-1990), American Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • John E. Fryer (1938-2003), American psychiatrist and gay rights activist
  • Donald Sidney Fryer (b. 1934), American poet and entertainer
  • William J. “Tucker” Fryer (1895-1960), English-American soccer half back
  • Roland Gerhard Fryer Jr. (b. 1977), American Professor of Economics at Harvard University
  • John Leavy "Jack" Fryer (b. 1911), English footballer
  • John Spencer "Jack" Fryer (1877-1933), English footballer
  • John Fryer (d. 1563), English physician, humanist and early reformer
  • Edward Fryer (1761-1826), English physician
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fryer Historic Events


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Fryer Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Kenneth James Fryer (1919-1941), Australian Ordinary Telegraphist from Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Ernest Fryer, aged 29, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Fryer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fryer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 July 2016 at 18:03.

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