This German name of FREIERMUTH is a name for someone with a noble disposition. There are several variants of this name including FRIEDMAN,FREEMAN, FREYER, FREYMAN, FREY, FRIEMANN, FREIEMUTH and FRIERMUTH. This is a German variation of the surname FREE. It was also a status name which applied to a free man, one who was not bonded or a serf and was originally from the Norman given name FRANC, an ethnic name for a FRANK, a member of the Germanic people who inhabited the lands around the river Rhine in Roman times. In the 6th century, under their leader Clovis I. the Franks established themselves a substantial empire in central Europe, which later developed into the so-called Holy Roman Empire. Their most famous ruler was the Emperor Charlemagne (742-814). Only the Frankish race enjoyed the status of being free-men in early times. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A notable member of the name was Milton FRIEDMAN, born in 1912, the American economist. He was the most influential of conservative American economists. A professor of economics at Chicago University from 1948 until 1976, he received the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 1976. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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