The surname Fryman is a ancient Anglo-Saxon
name whose history dates back to the days before the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from "freomann" or "frigmann," Old English words and personal names meaning "free-born man."
Early Origins of the Fryman family
The surname Fryman was first found in the county of Essex
, where it was borne as a personal name
by Freman Sceil in 1188. The first recorded instance of Fryman as a surname appeared shortly thereafter; William Freman was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk
Early History of the Fryman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fryman research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1221, 1240, 1645, 1646, 1710, 1667, 1723, 1821, 1794, and are included under the topic Early Fryman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fryman Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fryman are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fryman include: Freeman, Fryman, Friman and others.
Early Notables of the Fryman family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Francis Freeman (c.1645), a British religious writer; Richard Freeman (1646-1710) was an English judge from Gloucestershire
, who became Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Susannah Freeman (1667-1723), a famous... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fryman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fryman family to Ireland
Some of the Fryman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 287 words (20 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 Fryman family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fryman or a variant listed above:
Fryman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Egbert Jenner Fryman, aged 36, who arrived in America from Rye, Sussex, England, in 1904
- Mrs. Leah Fryman, aged 22, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1904
- Flora Constance Fryman, aged 33, who arrived in America from Rye, Sussex, England, in 1904
- Sarah Fryman, aged 13, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1906
- Simon Fryman, aged 19, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1906
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fryman (post 1700)
- David Travis Fryman (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball third baseman and shortstop who played from 1990 to 2002, five-time All-Star, recipient of the Gold Glove Award (2000) and the Silver Slugger Award (1992)
- Pamela Fryman, American two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning director and producer, best known for directing the series How I Met Your Mother
- Woodrow Thompson Fryman (1940-2011), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1966 to 1983, two-time National League All-Star