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

The earliest origins of the Frame surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was considered brave and vigorous. The surname Frame originally derived from the Old English word Fram which referred to a vigorous quality. The surname Frame belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Frame are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Frame include: Frame, Fram, Frayme, Fraym, Fraim, Fraime and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frame research. Another 323 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1273, 1279, 1551, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Frame History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Frame family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frame or a variant listed above:

Frame Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Frame who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Frame, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Rebecca Frame, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Rebecca Frame purchased land in Virginia in 1656
  • Arthur Frame, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Frame Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Frame settled in Maryland in 1735

Frame Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Frame, who landed in America in 1803
  • Andw Frame, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Andrew Frame, aged 22, landed in New York in 1819
  • J Frame, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Christopher, Edward, George, John, Joseph, Noble, Robert, Thomas, and William Frame settled in Pennsylvania between 1772 and 1868

Frame Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Frame, who landed in Arkansas in 1901


  • Rev. John Timothy Frame, Bishop of Yukon, Canada
  • Janet Paterson Frame (1924-2004), New Zealand novelist, short story writer and poet
  • Richard Frame, author who wrote "A Short Description of Pennsylvania". To attract settlers and investment, Frame offers a verse description of "what things are known, enjoyed, and like to be discovered" in Pennsylvania
  • Roddy Frame, Scottish musician


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The Frame Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frame 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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