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

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Frain has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Frayne, Freyne, Frene, Frenye, Freny, Frenney, Frenny, Frennes, Frenes, Frenye, Frain, Frayn, Fraine and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frain research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1140 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Frain History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Frain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Frain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Frains to arrive on North American shores:

Frain Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Friedrich Frain, who arrived in America in 1783

Frain Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Frain, who landed in New York in 1833
  • Annie Frain, aged 19, who landed in America from Queenstown, in 1892
  • Berhard Frain, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Henry Frain, aged 40, who settled in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • Bridget Frain, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Frain Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Abraham Frain, aged 37, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1904
  • Lizzie Frain, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mallakay Frain, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Hugh Frain, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • James Frain, aged 28, who landed in America from Batley, England, in 1907


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  • Todd Leslie Frain (b. 1962), retired American NFL football tight end
  • John William Frain (b. 1968), retired English professional footballer
  • James Dominic Frain (b. 1968), English stage and screen actor
  • Andy Frain (b. 1959), English animation producer, founder & managing director of Touchwood Animation Ltd
  • Peter Frain, retired English professional footballer
  • David Frain (b. 1962), English former professional footballer


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  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Frain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frain 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.

This page was last modified on 16 October 2013 at 08:35.

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