About the Frearson
I registered with
the Guild of One-Name
Studies [GOONS] in 2006
I have been researching my family of Frearsons
and the name Frearson / Freason for the past 13
years, during which time I have assembled
a great many Frearson
trees and a considerable number of records of Frearson
families in the UK
and around the world
These have now been combined into some 60 main trees [see:
Trees ] but there are
still many individuals and small family groups that have
not yet been "joined up". Research work continues.
Guild Of One-Name Studies [GOONS] - Home Page
STOP PRESS NEWS
Several of the Lancashire Frearson Trees
have now been combined - see
Frearson DNA Project is under way.
Family Tree DNA has been selected as the testing
organisation and the first two test results are
available, and the samples from a second
individual from the D0 family group show a match.
An update on the Project is given on the
Frearson DNA Project
Page and information on the potential
testing status of the
Groups is given on the
Name Study Trees page.
Frearsons from these
other Family Groups who are interested in taking
part, should contact John Frearson at
Frearson Family members, and other interested
parties, can assist with funding by subscribing
newsletter update service that will also be
available shortly. It is hoped that a
series of small donations will enable more lines
to be tested. Those interested should also
contact John Frearson at the above Email number.
Origin of the surname
Various origins for the name can be found and an edited
version of one possible view is given below:
interesting surname is of early medieval English origin,
and is a patronymic form of Frear, which derives from
the Middle English and Old French "frere", friar, monk,
or from the Latin "frater", a brother.
The name would not
necessarily be given to the son of a friar or monk as
such, but would more likely be a nickname for a person
with qualities associated with such a man, for example,
pious bearing, or even for a man employed in a
of surnames from nicknames was a common practice in the
Robert (le) Frere is noted
in the 1196 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, but the patronymic
is not recorded until the 14th Century.
first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to
be that of John le Frereson, which was dated 1335, in "A
Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds", Staffordshire,
during the reign of King Edward III.
the surname from English Church Registers include: the
marriage of Henry Frierson and Isabell Litler on July
2nd 1571, at St. Gregory by St. Paul, London; and the marriage of Agnes Frearson and Thomas
Tomlinson at Hawkshead, Lancashire,
on August 4th 1577.
spellings can be found in documents, although the
commonest are Frearson and Freason [and in early
documents some have been confused by the double ff form
of the capital F - so ffrearson and ffreason are
equivalent early forms].
Many other spellings or mis-spellings are found
as erroneous entries in, for example, original Census
documents and more so in the mis-transcriptions found on
There are some
early, isolated, instances of the name in London,
Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire.
These may be fortuitous similar spellings, but
such earlier references do not [at present] develop into
any defined family groupings and are difficult to
The Frearson name
in the seventeenth to nineteenth Century was
concentrated across the borders of the counties of
Derbyshire and Leicestershire [and in
and Leicester themselves] and to a lesser extent, and
slightly later, in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
quite separate population occurs from the sixteenth
century and before in the southern Lake District and
migration finds instances in many counties in
UK, and of course
overseas, with Frearson
migrating to the Australasian and North American
The advent of DNA
testing means that if suitable male lines of these
groups can be traced down to present day male relatives,
it may be possible for some of the presently separate
families to be connected
Project to support the research is
The name in USA is more
frequently found as Frierson / Frieson, in part due to
Ports of Entry, but more often due to European names of
similar spellings / pronunciation
originated independently and migrated with the
population movements of the nineteenth and twentieth
Those versions are not [at present] included in this
Whilst there are
no well known "famous"
there are characters of interest, and some are listed
on another page.
Click the link below.
trees for many Frearson
have been established by use of
census data and other sources.
These are being further extended using contacts
via Genes Reunited and similar sites.
The Family Trees and their references are listed
on another page. Click the link below.
Data extracted from the
have been, or are being, abstracted
from the following major sources:
England & Wales BMD index entries 1837 - 2005
entries from England & Wales 1841-1901
Times Digital Archive
erby Mercury Digital Archive
On-line Digital Newspaper Archive, Gale Historical
British Newspaper Archive:
has been obtained from the
The National Archives
New Contacts &
family information are always very welcome. For further
information; or if you would like to assist in the
study, write or email me at the address below.
Contacts are held
of Frearsons, and those interested in the Frearson name.
These are classified into those wishing their
details to be held only by the study, and those who are
happy to have their details passed to other researchers.
John P H Frearson
7 Curie Close,