The English surname Friend is a nickname for a companionable person, from Middle English frend meaning “friend” (Old English freond). In the Middle Ages the term was also used to denote a relative or kinsman. The name is first recorded in 1166 when Robert Frend is recorded in the "Pipe Rolls of Nottinghamshire." Additional early examples of the name include Gervase Lefrend, in the Middlesex Curia Rolls of 1221, and Willelmus Frynd, in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Returns of 1379. The marriage of Margaret Friend and Thomas Brampton was recorded in Beddington, Surrey, on July 12th 1541.
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