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Fraser Family History

Fraser Name Meaning
Scottish: of uncertain origin. The earliest recorded forms of this family name, dating from the mid-12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle, and de Freseliere. These appear to be Norman, but there is no place in France with a name answering to them. It is possible, therefore, that they represent a Gaelic name corrupted beyond recognition by an Anglo-Norman scribe. The modern Gaelic form is Friseal, sometimes Anglicized as Frizzell. HH The surname Fraser is also borne by Jews, in which case it represents an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

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Name Distribution of Fraser Families

  • Number of Fraser families
     278 - 553
     93 - 277
     1 - 92
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fraser families
     743 - 1,484
     248 - 742
     1 - 247
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fraser families
     2,324 - 4,645
     775 - 2,323
     1 - 774
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fraser Family Origin

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Fraser Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Fraser

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Fraser Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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