Posted by Bob Frewen on August 12, 1998 at 18:26:05:
In Reply to: Fruin, English lineage? posted by Richard Fruin Junior on August 08, 1998 at 11:45:03:
Burke's Landed Gentry contains a lot of information on the main "Frewen" family in Sussex (Northiam, to be precise.) Back to 1470 the name is FrewEN.
As L. Frewin details on his home page the name Frewen is from Saxon, Freawine or Freowine who is mentioned in several Saxon Chronicles. I have heard that Freawine is from "Freya-win," meaning sons of Freya (Scand. godess of fertility)
As far as I am aware the FrewEN clan are separate to the FrewIN clan, at least back to c1500. FrUIN is probably another evolution of the name.
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