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Fry is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as the fry, which literally means free. It has also been suggested that Fry comes from the Middle English word fry, meaning "small person," or "child." In either instance, the origins of the name are as a nickname which referred to characteristics of the first person who used the name.

Fry Early Origins



The surname Fry was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Fry Spelling Variations


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Fry Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fry were recorded, including Fry, Frye, Free and others.

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Fry Early History


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Fry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fry research. Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 1461, 1426, 1448, 1474, 1609, 1657, 1666, 1748, 1777, 1861, 1780 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Fry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Fray (died 1461), an English lawyer who served as Baron of the Exchequer from 1426 and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1448; Walter Frye ( c. died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fry In Ireland


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Fry In Ireland



Some of the Fry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Fry family emigrate to North America:

Fry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Fry, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Alice Fry, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Alex Fry, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Tho Fry, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • William Fry, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peregrin Fry, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Christopher Fry, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Hance Uldrick Fry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Hans Peter Fry, aged 4, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Elizabeth Fry, aged 9, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Fry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John F Fry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • William Fry, who arrived in America in 1811
  • John Fry, who arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Henry Fry, who landed in Maryland in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nathan Fry, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903
  • Michael Fry, who landed in Alabama in 1916
  • Joseph Fry, who arrived in Alabama in 1919

Fry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abiel Fry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Simon Fry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Francis Fry was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1777 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Conna] Fry, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. William Fry U.E. who settled in Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Fry from England was married in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Fry Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Fry, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • W Fry, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Fry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Fry, a stonemason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Enoch Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Hannah Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Martha Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • John Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Fry landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ann Fry, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Henry Thomas Fry, aged 1 month, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Joshua Fry landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Richard Fry, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fry (post 1700)



  • Jonathan "John" Fry (1945-2014), American producer, founder of Ardent Records
  • Brigadier-General James Clyde Fry (1897-1982), American Commanding General 2nd Division (1952-1953)
  • Birkett D. Fry (1822-1891), Confederate general in the American Civil War
  • Colin Fry (1962-2015), English television personality and self-proclaimed medium, former host of Most Haunted, Psychic Private Eyes and 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry
  • Cecil Roderick Fry (1870-1952), English confectioner
  • Maxwell Fry (1899-1987), English architect
  • Christopher Fry (1907-2005), English playwright and poet
  • Edwin Fry (1899-1987), English architect and planner
  • Sir Edward Fry (1827-1918), English lawyer, made a judge of the high court of justice in 1877
  • Roger Fry (1866-1934), English art critic and painter
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fry Historic Events


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Fry Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Aubrey Fry (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Burwood, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John C Fry (b. 1920), English Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Bristol, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Richard Fry (d. 1912), aged 39, English First Class passenger from Liverpool, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Fry


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Suggested Readings for the name Fry



  • Can You Find Me: A Family History by Christopher Fry.
  • Descendants of Peter Fry, Born 1787, York and Adams Counties, PA by Nancy Fry Carter.
  • Some Descendants of John Fry, Late of Licking County, Ohio by Charles Recker.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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