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Freeman Name Meaning

English: from Middle English freman fremon ‘freeman free-born man’ (Old English frēomann frīgmann) used also occasionally as a personal name. As an African American surname it was in many cases adopted as a name denoting a man freed of slavery. See also Fryman and Free . Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Ó Saoraidhe (see Seery ). Americanized form of French Lafrenière (see Lafreniere ). Americanized form (translation into English) of German Freimann (see Freiman ). Dutch: variant of Vreeman .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Freyman, Frieman, Freiman, Beeman, Redman, Feeman, Freedman, Fleeman

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Where is the Freeman family from?

You can see how Freeman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Freeman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Freeman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 866 Freeman families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Freeman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Freeman families in 1911.
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What did your Freeman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Freeman. 32% of Freeman men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Freeman women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Freeman were Carpenter and Nurse. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Nurse
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 117,000 immigration records available for the last name Freeman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 166,000 military records available for the last name Freeman. For the veterans among your Freeman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Freeman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Freeman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Freeman in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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