Last name: Freeman

The Anglo-Saxon society was divided into various classes, of which "The Freeman" could be described as "Middle Class" in 20th Century terms, although direct comparisons are not possible. Certainly to be a "Free born person" denoted considerable and jealously guarded status. Since most people were effectively slaves. The surname derivation is from the pre 7th Century "freo" meaning "free born" and "man" a servant or worker. The 1188 Pipe Rolls for Essex record one Freman Sceil, and this shows the use of the compound as a rare personal name. Other recordings include Reginald Le Freman, of Worcester in 1221, and Osbert Friman of Bedford in 1240. Edward Freeman (1823 - 1892), wrote "The History of the Norman Conquest" in 1867, whilst James Freeman of Nottingham, who died on June 20th 1968, was the last known survivor of the famous charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, Sudan, in 1898. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Freeman, which was dated 1196, in the "County Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Bruce freeman
I am a black freeman from lecompte louisiana my grandma is willie mae freeman and my granddad is willie freeman any body related 2 me

Claire Darke
I am doing some local history research in to James Freeman mentioned above. His face was badly injured in the battle at Omdurman and he had facial surgery in Wolverhampton under the care of Mr Grove. Is there anymore information about Sergeant freeman out there please? where was he born, where did he die did he marry ....etc Thanks

Jimie Tolson
It has been an interesting read, but quite a few of you Freeman's might not realize that your families came to America during the Puritain, "Reformation Period in England and Scotland. Read about the"History of Milford, Ct. 1639 " very informative. That would also go for the Scot's of Roxburg. They were part of the migration to America during this same period. I am not named Freeman but my ancestor's were. They arrived from England about 1639 and lived in New Haven, CT.for a short period then went to Milford, CT. to start their own towns and then onto Newark, NJ. And Here is where I lose track of my family, but I pickup a my Great Grand father 11 times- Philip Freeman who lived in Southwestern PA and buried in Stahlstown, PA. He was an enlisted member of the Continental Army enlisting August 13, 1776. which he lived through and made a name for himself. Check out the "Compass Inn" in Ligionere Valley, PA area. He renovated it in 1799. Philip was b. 1744 Bloomfield, NJ. his wife name was Mary, I do not know why he moved to PA, Can anyone help? Thank you, Jimie Tolson

I too am a Freeman. Trying to trace my history and have came to a brick wall. My G-G-Grandfather was William Freeman (believe his middle name was Eli or Elijah) married to Theodocia Caroline Henderson (also known as Docia, Dosha, Dosey), I believe they were in Arkansas when they passed away. Not sure where they were from or when they were born or died. I know for sure they had 1 child (my Great Grandfather) George W. Freeman (b.2/14/1881, d.7/12/1945 in Newton Co., Ar). Anyone know this line?

my last name is freeman i am looking for my dad i have not seen over 18 years. i have found my dad, mum and brother grave and now am in search for my dad joesph m freeman if your out there some were i just want to let u know that am looking for you

Hello, I am doing research on my family tree. my great grandmother was Isabell Freeman-Siptroth. All I know about her is that she was born in 1880 and died in 1942. She had a sister too, Myrtie Freeman, born in 1889. Both were born in Pennsylvania. I don't know whose kids they were or who were the other siblings. Isabell was married to Albert Siptroth in 1899 and had 3 children with him. After Albert passed in 1920, she either remarried or lived with someone and there was a child Earl Cramer. We don't know if it was hers or the man she was with. Her children from her first husband passed down that he was a stepbrother or half brother. Any info would be appreciated. Email me @ with subject ISABELL FREEMAN

I had found a name in my grandpas paper work about are family the name is D.B. Freeman he was from saginaw MI. in 1894 I any one knows about him can you mail me at

K. Freeman
This surname is very common. In fact, over 210,000 people share the surname in the United States alone. As a result, searching for a specific Freeman family is difficult.

I've been tracing my 'Freeman' lineage on and hit a wall around 1830. Although my family from that point onwards lived in London, family legend suggests we originated from Cork in Ireland... Can anyone shed any light ?

The Freemans in my fam came from Atlanta to Columbus Ohio dad is Michael Freeman mother Angela Gravely....ringing any bells?

Stacy freeman
Most of my family is from Colorado anyone know what line we might be from?

Kevin Freeman
Hi, I was born in the UK, same as my dad Chris A Freeman. (Bradford). My Granddad, Kenneth Freeman was also born in (Bradford) The furthest I can go back is early 1700's and coal distribution on bradford Canal. Doe this sound familiar with one else

Julie Caplow
Trying to search Freeman's on my father's side. Father was Clair Edward Freeman, Jr., born in Kansas. His father was Clair Edward Freeman, Sr., born in or around Pond Creek Oklahoma. Clair Sr's., father was William Tecumseh Sherman Freeman, probably born in Jasper County, MO to Jacob Freeman (born in 1826). The trail ends there. Anyone searching that same line of Freeman's and have information?

George Patrick Freeman
Hello, Im George Freeman. Son of Clive Freeman, man of most men. Brother to William Freeman, brother of all men. Brother to Stuart and Natalie Freeman brother and sister to all brother and all sisters. Brother to Miss Emily Grace Freeman sister of all sisters. The reason we are not based in Ireland is because you have no mates you little gimp. Im sure we keep taking all the pretty women's surnames anyway. Proud and Single, I wish only to reign as Prince and concern myself with the frolicks of your hair. In that small cavity which is the present lonliness I wish to emerse myself, I worry how far away we all are. The South and London are my trotting points. I am pleased to hear that our James Freeman of Nottingham stood to be received by his fallen comrades. I am proud of George Freeman current Norfolk MP and sitting chair and our recent Peace disclaimer (not going to war in Syria). Despite the comments Freeman still rings true as the Union we always will be.

I too am a Freeman, just starting to research family history on my father's side. My father Arthur Byrd Freeman (1925-1997) born in or near Cherokee Tenn, his father James Franklin Freeman (1892-1966) born: unknown, married to Mary Magdalene Tipton Freeman (1896-1967) born: unknown. The only I know is what I have been told that my grandfather was Irish and my grandmother was part Cherokee. Anyone else out there search this line of Freeman and have any information?

Caitlin Freeman
My last name is Freeman. I am trying to learn more of my lineage my family come from louisiana my grandfathers name was James Fulton Freeman

Caitlin Freeman
My last name is Freeman. I am trying to learn more about my father's side my grand father's name was James Fulton Freeman he died in 1995. My family lives in louisiana

Stephanie Jeffries
My mothers name is Carole freeman her mother my grandmas name is Bertha Freeman and she married "Busta" freeman. They are born and raised in South Carolina. If you have any relations hit me up

Kristina Garcia
I am looking for William Freeman born in Louisiana around 1936. His family lived in Alaska, not sure if they relocated and not sure where he resided. He was a serviceman at the time. He fathered my mother who was placed up for adoption immediately. She was born in Colorado in 1959. Anyone have any info? Please email me at

Rebecca Ann Gosnell
please any info on my grandfathers family Clifford William Freeman born 1898 died july 1960 he called himself c.w. freeman. he lived in spartanburg, s.c but had 4 children and lived in greenville, s.c my mom frances p., siblings, lamar lee, clifford avery , gwendolyn freeman. my grandfather c.w. freeman married Annie Mae Price. not sure where he was born> thanks

Shirley Freeman
I am Shirley Freeman. The older ones in my family was Jenny Freeman, was the oldest and I think James "Temp" Freeman was her son? and his children is Ben, Joe and I think they have a sister, lives in Birmingham, AL. Some of the old men was named Isaac Freeman, David Freeman, Seems like I was told they was out of Kentucky. Carrie and Ola was sisters to James "Temp" Freeman. My mother name is Edna Ruth Freeman, she has one sister Mary Lee Freeman (Boot) and one brother Woody Freeman (he is now deceased)? Ollie Bee and Mamie Jones was relatives of mines.

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She`Quaya Freeman

Hi my name is SheQuaya Freeman, my family name is Freeman from my Jewish and Nubian back round hints my ancestors where slaves married into royalty. I wanted to see what else the internet said about the beautiful Freeman surname that's why I'm here, and maybe display some examples of my history to kinda help out whoever doesn't know how the surname came about.


What is a female african american slave with the last name freeman other than Morgan Freeman

Lucretia Freeman Griffin

Any Freeman's from Western North Carolina?

Natasha Freeman
Hey! I'm a freeman :) don't really know a great deal about my family though. All I know is my grandad David freeman and his mother was Margret Freeman I don't have a clue about her but would love to find out where we come from! I live in West Yorkshire in England :)

T Freeman
I'm looking for some more info on a Joseph Freeman born 1863 Braintree, MA. Married Mary, first born son Harold. Hospital and other searches haven't gotten back to me with any paperwork yet.

i dont know the first name

I don't remember much family as I never got to visit growing up. I know my family (Freeman side) comes from Louisiana. I know my grandfather was Samuel Freeman he died 2007. He lived in West Monroe L.A. If anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks

I never knew

robert freeman
I am a freeman from Liverpool england but don't know much about my family after my grandfather Arthur freeman born 20/10/13 twin with an Albert freeman and also had a sister nelly . Lived in the Garston area of liverpool. He had four children Sandra , William , rose and Dorothy if this rings any bells contact me at :)

Nina Gallegos
Any Freemans out there from India? or Nepal?

I am Colleen Freeman my late dad was Brian Freeman from there I can't go any further.

Ashlyn Freeman
Im Ashlyn Freeman ad i live in IA All i know is my "Freeman" side comes from Whales ?????

who was the first freeman to come to america

Lezette Freeman
My grandfather was Benjamin George Freeman and my Grandmother was Rachel Zachary. My grandfather was born in America and came to South Africa by ship with his father who was a freed slave. They came to South Africa in the very late 1800 s. My grandfather was a West Indian. I don't no anything about my Grandmother. She died when my dad was still a baby. My grand mother was a black woman and I am looking for my black Zachary family. I'm sure they will be in England or America.

Marcellous A. Freeman Jr
I have no background history on my last name or were my family history started....Im currently in Memphis, lately I been wanting to no more about my last name.

C. T. Freeman
My family has been traced back to the Mayflower era.

Freeman was one of the most popular last names during the 19th century due to freeing of slaves. Many slaves gave themselves the last name freeman to distinguish themselves as being free. You will find that the majority of individuals who have the last name and live I. The United States are either black, can trace their ancestery of which is black, or are black and can't find their family history period. Which the latter is in my case. Although they kept a census on slaves, it is almost virtually impossible to find your ancestry. The best you can do is take a y-DNA test of your paternal side. If you are a male you can trace your people back 100%. Your y-DNA is passed from father to son and will never change no matter what race you take to wife and start a family.

Mark Freeman
I would like to know more about family stuff. I'm from Whitton, grew up in Hampton, Teddington area of Middlesex.

Louise Freeman
My grandfather name was Jake Freeman from Lincolnton George. He married Mamie Parks also from Lincolnton. They moved to Lodi, New Jersey in about 1945. Jake was born about 1894 passed away in 1966. I like find out more about my grandfather's family. My father was George Linert, he married Mary Lizzie Elam. They also moved to Lodi

Angela Marie (Sterritt) - Steele -
I was born in 1966. My grandfather's mother Eva C. Scott's (1867-1967), father's name was Charles Freeman Scott, but it's used as a middle name. His mother's last name was Harriet Rosezellia Mott.

Is freeman an African name

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