Freeman Family History

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Freeman Name Meaning

English: variant of Free. Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Ó Saoraidhe (see Seery). In New England, an English equivalent of French Foissy (see Foisy). Translation of German Freimann (see Freiman).

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

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

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Freeman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Freeman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Freeman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Freeman Family Origin

Where is the Freeman family from?

Freeman Family Occupations

What did your Freeman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Freeman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Freeman's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Freeman. A less common occupation for the Freeman family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Freeman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Freeman Historical Records

What Freeman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Freeman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Freeman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Freeman Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Freeman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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