The English surname Freeman, also found in Ireland, is chiefly found in East Anglia. The name Freeman is a nickname or status name from the Old English terms freo meaning “free(-born),” and man meaning “man.” i.e. not a serf. When found in Ireland Freeman is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Saoraidhe, a personal name derived from saordha meaning “noble.” The first recorded reference to the name is William Freeman in the "County Pipe Rolls of Norfolk" in 1196. Other recordings include Reginald Le Freman, of Worcester in 1221, and Osbert Friman of Bedford in 1240.
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