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Origins of the Freeman surname

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What does the name Freeman mean?

The origin of the surname Freeman is English, believed to have Old English roots. It derives from the Old English word 'freomund' (free man), which would describe someone who had status above a serf, owning land, but with no nobility. The name has been found in records as early as the 1200s, and can be seen in documents dating from this period onwards.

Alternative variations of the name Freeman

Freeman, Freman, Freemans, Freiman, Friman

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Where do most Freemans live?

In 1921, most Freemans lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Freemans

How common is your surname?

181st most common surname in the UK

We have 202,000 records for the Freeman surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Freemans most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Freeman first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Freemans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Freemans in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Freemans in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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