Last name: FRIEND

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FRIEND : This last name is indexed 83,745 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

FRIEND : 1: English: nickname for a companionable person from Middle English frend frond ‘friend’ (Old English frēond). In the Middle Ages the term was also used to denote a relative or kinsman and the surname may also have been acquired by someone who belonged to the family of someone who was a more important figure in the community. Eleventh-century evidence for the word also shows it in use as a personal name (independently as Frent 1086 in Essex and as the first element in the placename Frindsbury in Kent).2: Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘friend’ for example of Jewish and German Freund Dutch Vriend and Slovenian Prijatelj.

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