Show ContentsFram History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Fram family have grown. The name Fram was given to a member of the family who was a person who was considered brave and vigorous. [1] The surname Fram originally derived from the Old English word fram which referred to a vigorous quality. [2] The surname Fram 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.

Early Origins of the Fram family

The surname Fram was first found in Devon, where John filius Frame was record in 1250. Later, Geoffrey Frame was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Norfolk and Suffolk in 1196. [1]

Much further north in Scotland, "several persons of this name are recorded in the Commissariot Records of Campsie and of Lanark. Adam Frame 1495. Arthur Fram, [was a] witness in Glasgow, 1551. Daniel Frame, burgess in Edinburgh, 1642, William Fram is recorded in parish of Calder, 1679, and William fframe in Mauldslie was warded in the Canongate Tolbooth, Edinbergh, 1683." [3]

Early History of the Fram family

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Fram Spelling Variations

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 Fram family name include Frame, Fram, Frayme, Fraym, Fraim, Fraime and others.

Early Notables of the Fram family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Fram family to Ireland

Some of the Fram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 146 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Fram migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fram Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Fram, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Champion" on 24th May 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 18th January 2021 from on Facebook