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Where did the English Frith family come from? What is the English Frith family crest and coat of arms? When did the Frith family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Frith family history?

The origins of the Frith name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Frith was originally derived from a family having lived as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Frith was primarily located at Chapel-le-Frith in the county of Derbyshire.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Frith include Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frith research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1317, 1584, 1659, 1503 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Frith History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Frith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Frith Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Frith, who came to Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Frith, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • John Frith, who arrived in Maryland in 1661


Frith Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Frith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Thomas Frith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Fetter Frith, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Anganeas Frith, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Frith Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sarah Frith, aged 14, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839

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  • William Powell Frith (1819-1909), English painter
  • Fred Frith (b. 1949), English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor
  • Francis Frith (1822-1898), English photographer of the Middle East
  • David Edward John Frith (b. 1937), English cricket writer and historian
  • Douglas Cockburn Frith (b. 1945), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons for Sudbury from 1980 to 1988
  • Sir Eric Herbert Cokayne Frith (1897-1984), British general
  • Frederick Lee "Freddie" Frith OBE (1909-1988), British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion


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The Frith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frith Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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