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

The name Froome has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the region of Froome in the counties of Somerset and Hereford. The surname Froome originally derived from German origin and was later adopted by the English as a local name in the 12th century. In Old English the surname Froome was printed as Ffraw which referred to someone who lived beside a river.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Froome have been found, including Frome, Froome and others.

First found in Dorset 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 Froome research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1779 is included under the topic Early Froome History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Froome, or a variant listed above:

Froome Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • George Froome arrived in Texas in 1646

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