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The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Fry family have grown. The name Fry was given to a member of the family who was 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.
The surname Fry was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fry family name include Fry, Frye, Free and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fry research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 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
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Fry family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fry surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
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
- Wm Fry, who landed in Virginia in 1663
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
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
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 in 1777
- 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
Fry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Richard Fry from England was married in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1820
Fry Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Mrs. Fry, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- W Fry, who landed in St 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
- Hannah Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
- Martha Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
- John Fry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- 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.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Fry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fry 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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