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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Freeman

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Free"man
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  1. One who enjoys liberty, or who is not subject to the will of another; one not a slave or vassal.
  2. A member of a corporation, company, or city, possessing certain privileges; a member of a borough, town, or State, who has the right to vote at elections. See Liveryman."Both having been made freemen on the same day." [Addison.]

Etymology: AS. freóman; freófree + mann man

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person who is not a serf or a slave
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  1. A surname​.
  2. A city in South Dakota
  3. A town in Wisconsin

Notable Persons Named Freeman

Freeman Dyson is a scientist in the fields of physics and mathematics. Freeman was given the name Freeman John Dyson on December 15th, 1923 in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England.

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Freeman A. Hrabowski III is an office holder. Freeman was born on August 13th, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

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Freeman Wills Crofts was a detective fiction and crime fiction civil engineer and novelist. Freeman was born on June 1st, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland. He died on April 11th, 1957.

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Freeman Gosden was a radio actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1921 to 1962. Freeman was given the name Freeman Fisher Gosden on May 5th, 1899 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. He died on December 10th, 1982.

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Freeman Williams is a basketball player for the Tampa Bay Thrillers, Miami Tropics, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Washington Wizards. His most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to 1993. Freeman was born on May 15th, 1956 in Los Angeles.

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Freeman McNeil is a football player for the New York Jets. He was most active from 1981 to 1992. Freeman was born on April 22nd, 1959 in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Freeman

Morgan Freeman is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to present. Morgan was born on June 1st, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Martin Freeman is an actor. He was most active from 1997 to present. Martin was given the name Martin John Christopher Freeman on September 8th, 1971 in Aldershot.

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Cathy Freeman is an athlete. Cathy was born on February 16th, 1973 in Mackay, Queensland.

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Crispin Freeman is a voice actor, adr director, script writer, and voice acting. He has been prominent since 1998. Crispin was given the name Crispin McDougal Freeman on February 9th, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Devonta Freeman is a football player for the Atlanta Falcons. Devonta was born on March 15th, 1992 in Baxley, Georgia.

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Bobby Freeman is a soul music, rhythm, blues, and pop music singing, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Human voice, Piano, and Keyboard instrument. He was most active from 1958 to present. Bobby was born on June 13th, 1940.

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How popular is the baby name Freeman in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 26 0 26
1881 25 0 25
1882 29 0 29
1883 20 0 20
1884 24 0 24
1885 27 0 27
1886 21 0 21
1887 26 0 26
1888 34 0 34
1889 35 0 35
1890 28 0 28
1891 33 0 33
1892 19 0 19
1893 24 0 24
1894 27 0 27
1895 27 0 27
1896 25 0 25
1897 30 0 30
1898 38 0 38
1899 22 0 22
1900 44 0 44
1901 20 0 20
1902 40 0 40
1903 26 0 26
1904 40 0 40
1905 47 0 47
1906 42 0 42
1907 41 0 41
1908 45 0 45
1909 52 0 52
1910 52 0 52
1911 65 0 65
1912 103 0 103
1913 106 0 106
1914 135 0 135
1915 171 0 171
1916 173 0 173
1917 171 0 171
1918 229 0 229
1919 199 0 199
1920 201 0 201
1921 208 5 203
1922 184 0 184
1923 200 0 200
1924 195 0 195
1925 190 0 190
1926 204 0 204
1927 168 0 168
1928 173 0 173
1929 180 0 180
1930 164 0 164
1931 148 0 148
1932 153 0 153
1933 149 0 149
1934 132 0 132
1935 112 0 112
1936 134 0 134
1937 147 0 147
1938 128 0 128
1939 119 0 119
1940 121 0 121
1941 126 0 126
1942 135 0 135
1943 159 0 159
1944 130 0 130
1945 114 0 114
1946 114 0 114
1947 128 0 128
1948 129 0 129
1949 119 0 119
1950 114 0 114
1951 109 0 109
1952 104 0 104
1953 114 0 114
1954 125 0 125
1955 108 0 108
1956 131 0 131
1957 110 0 110
1958 78 0 78
1959 96 0 96
1960 105 0 105
1961 84 0 84
1962 74 0 74
1963 77 0 77
1964 72 0 72
1965 76 0 76
1966 58 0 58
1967 64 0 64
1968 53 0 53
1969 57 0 57
1970 67 0 67
1971 69 0 69
1972 58 0 58
1973 57 0 57
1974 51 0 51
1975 61 0 61
1976 46 0 46
1977 50 0 50
1978 46 0 46
1979 40 0 40
1980 53 0 53
1981 58 0 58
1982 48 0 48
1983 56 0 56
1984 45 0 45
1985 57 0 57
1986 41 0 41
1987 40 0 40
1988 45 0 45
1989 36 0 36
1990 50 0 50
1991 38 0 38
1992 58 0 58
1993 47 0 47
1994 42 0 42
1995 39 0 39
1996 43 0 43
1997 42 0 42
1998 25 0 25
1999 41 0 41
2000 40 0 40
2001 31 0 31
2002 32 0 32
2003 26 0 26
2004 35 0 35
2005 31 0 31
2006 35 0 35
2007 36 0 36
2008 32 0 32
2009 35 0 35
2010 21 0 21
2011 30 0 30
2012 29 0 29
2013 35 0 35
2014 33 0 33
2015 26 0 26
2016 32 0 32
2017 25 0 25

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Popularity of Freeman as a first name

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Popularity of Freeman as a last name

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Common last names for Freeman

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Harris
  • Walker
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Wright
  • White
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Freeman U.S.
  White 65.50% 64.26%
  African American 28.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Freeman

People with the last name Freeman are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Freeman

  • How Popular is the name Freeman? Freeman is the 2,388th most popular name of all time. As a last name Freeman was the 151st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Freeman have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,727 babies born with the first name Freeman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Freeman to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Freeman? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 26 new born babies.
  • When was Freeman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Freeman is Friday, April 15th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Freeman born? The highest recorded use of the first name Freeman was in 1918 with a total of 229 babies.
  • Random Freeman Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Freeman ranks 108th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 5 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Freeman: Your name in reverse order is Nameerf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arefmne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Freeman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 169,149 people with the last name Freeman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Freeman? Freeman was ranked as the 151st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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