Fradley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fradley family

The surname Fradley was first found in Staffordshire at Fradley, a village and civil parish in Lichfield District. Fradley heath formed part of the extensive waste of Alrewas-Hay, but was inclosed about 1805. [1] The village dates back to the 12 century when it was first recorded as 'Frodeleye', or 'Frod's lea'. Alrewas and Fradley, was a large civil parish that was divided into the two new parishes of Alrewas and Fradley in 2009.

Early History of the Fradley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fradley research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1167, 1214, 1510, 1600 and 1463 are included under the topic Early Fradley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fradley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fradley were recorded, including Friday, Fridaye, Freeday, Freyday, Feraday, Fareday, Fryeday, Farraday, Farady, Fridey, Faraday, Frieday, Fryday and many more.

Early Notables of the Fradley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fradley family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fradley arrived in North America very early: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Fradley (post 1700) +

  • Kelly Fradley, American actress, known for Mass Effect 3 (2012)
  • Jeff Fradley, American actor and visual effects specialist, known for his work on Your Highness (2011), BachelorMan (2003) and The Foot Fist Way (2006)
  • Ken Fradley, American actor, known for The Forbidden Dance (1990)
  • Fred Fradley, American architect, co-founder of Bower & Fradley Architects in 1961 which later became Bower Lewis Thrower Architects in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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