The name Freeman in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac an tSaoir Sept, taken from the word 'saor' meaning 'craftsman'. The names MacIntyre, Wright and MacAteer are also used as the anglicized version of this Gaelic Sept name. Freeman was also brought to the country by Anglo settlers and can still be found in all four Provinces.
Origen: Irlandés, Normando. When the Strongbownians began to settle in Ireland, they initially ignored the established Gaelic system for developing of patronymic names and solely relied on their own traditional naming practices. Eventually, however, the two differing customs drew upon one another to some degree. The Strongbow settlers, unlike their Gaelic neighbors, frequently used nickname surnames. These Anglo-Norman nicknames were frequently of two types: "oath names" and "imperative names." Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Freeman is derived from a nickname for a free-born man. The surname Freeman is derived from the Old English words freomann and frigmann, which both mean freeman. The surname Freeman is also used as an Anglicized version of Mac an tSaoir, which means son of the craftsman. First found in county Cork, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Variantes: Freeman, Freman y otros.
Motto: Neither rashly nor timidly.
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