Arthur Donald FREE

Arthur Donald FREE

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Name Meaning

Name: Free
Meaning: What's in a Name?


A detailed history of England commenced from the Germanic invasions during the mid 5th century AD. During the 10th century Britain was united into one Kingdom with all existing Anglo Saxon communities merging after the invasion of William of Normandy in 1066 who later became William 1 of England. The Normans brought with them the feudal system which was a social system of rights and duties based on land tenure.

The English surname Free is of descriptive origin. Descriptive names otherwise known as nicknames were used to identify a particular feature or trait of an individual. Nicknames have been applied to many Historical figures and was in use before ancestral surnames were introduced. Names such as Walsh were used to describe a person from Wales. Short, Long, or White are readily identified as nicknames. The tendency to identify people in this manner is still quite popular today. In this case the name was derived from the Old English word "freo" and was given to one who free.

Free is the term used to identify a man that was free-born, as opposed to those born as serfs during the feudal system of the middle ages. It is derived from Old English freo = free. Freeman, Freebody are variations. Cognate forms include Frei, Freier, Freyer, Frey, Freimann, Freymann (German); Frig, Frigge, Frige, Frie, Friehe, Freye, Friemann (Low German); Frey, Frei, Freyman, Freiman (Swedish).

French is the English ethnic name for the man who came from France, from the The name Fry is an English nickname derived from the name Free, which described the man who was not a serf, but a free-man. It occasionally was derived as a nickname for a small person, from the Middle English word fry = child, offspring. Frye is a variation of the name.

Early records of the surname Free or a variant include Walter le Free who is recorded on the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The hundred as an area appears to be some where between a village and shire where local matters of dispute between aggrieved parties were resolved, with their peers providing judgement according to customary law. The hundred was also collectively responsible for any crimes committed within its borders. These laws were a long established institution prior to 975.

Surnames were generated in England mainly after the Norman invasion of 1066 AD. Beyond this time Old English names were soon displaced by names introduced by the Normans (French). The need for a further name originated to distinguish between two people who had the same given name. This enabled records to be kept with a more precise form of recognizing individuals.


Vert, three horses courant argent bridled or. Translation  Argent represents the colours silver or white and indicates harmony and sincerity. Vert is the colour green which represents faith, hope, and gladness. The tincture Or depicts gold or yellow and indicates the bearer was generous, alternatively it indicates elevation of the mind.

A fox's head proper.

Pro Patria Translation  For my country

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