The surname Fraser is of Scottish origin. The name was originally de Frisselle, de Freseliere, or de Fresel, and Frisale or Frisell is still the common pronunciation in Tweeddale – the first Scots home of the family – and in Lothian. These appear to be Norman, but there is no place in France with a name answering to them. It is possible, therefore, that they represent some Gaelic name corrupted beyond recognition by an Anglo-Norman scribe. The name then became Fraissier or strawberry bearer, probably from adoption of the flower of the ‘fraisse’, strawberry, as part of the armorial bearings- a plant abundant in the woods of Scotland, still retaining the original name or pronunciation. A famous Scot bore this name, Sir Simon Fraser, called ‘The Sottish Patriot’, who was a supporter of Sir William Wallace in the struggle for independence. At Roslin in 1302 he defeated three divisions of the English army in one day. Most if not all bearers of this common Scottish surnmame are ultimately connected with the Scottish family who hold the title Baron Lovat. Their origins are uncertain, the relevant records having been destroyed or lost in various stormy episodes in medieval Scottish history. The Gaelic form is ‘Friseal’, sometimes anglicized to…
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