Frame History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Frame surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was considered brave and vigorous. The surname Frame originally derived from the Old English word Fram which referred to a vigorous quality. The surname Frame 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 Frame family

The surname Frame was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Frame family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frame research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1273, 1279, 1551, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Frame History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frame Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Frame are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Frame include: Frame, Fram, Frayme, Fraym, Fraim, Fraime and others.

Early Notables of the Frame family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Frame family to Ireland

Some of the Frame family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frame migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frame or a variant listed above:

Frame Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Frame who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Frame, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Rebecca Frame, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Rebecca Frame purchased land in Virginia in 1656
  • Arthur Frame, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Frame Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathias Frame, who settled in Maryland in 1735
Frame Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Frame, who landed in America in 1803 [1]
  • Andw Frame, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Andrew Frame, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]
  • J Frame, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Christopher, Edward, George, John, Joseph, Noble, Robert, Thomas, and William Frame, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1772 and 1868
Frame Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Frame, who landed in Arkansas in 1901 [1]

Canada Frame migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frame Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Archibald Frame, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Frame Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Frame, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

New Zealand Frame migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Frame Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Frame, (b. 1854), aged 20, Scottish labourer from Lanark travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [2]
  • Grace Frame, aged 60, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • William Frame, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • David Frame, aged 16, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Frame (post 1700) +

  • John M. Frame (b. 1939), American Christian philosopher and Calvinist theologian
  • Fredrick William "Fred" Frame (1894-1962), American race car driver who won the 1932 Indianapolis 500, inducted in the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Richard Frame, American author who wrote "A Short Description of Pennsylvania"; to attract settlers and investment, Frame offers a verse description of "what things are known, enjoyed, and like to be discovered" in Pennsylvania
  • Peter "Pete" Frame (b. 1942), English music journalist
  • John Frame (1733-1796), English cricketer
  • Rev. John Timothy Frame (1930-2017), Canadian prelate, Bishop of Yukon, Canada (1968-1980), Acting Metropolitan of British Columbia (1973-1975)
  • Linley Margaret Frame (b. 1971), Australian five-time gold and three-time silver medalist swimmer
  • William Lammie "Billy" Frame (1912-1992), Scottish footballer who played from the 1930s through the 1950s
  • Roddy Frame (b. 1964), Scottish musician, founder of the 1980s New Wave band Aztec Camera
  • Janet Paterson Frame ONZ CBE (1924-2004), pen name of Nene Janet Paterson Clutha, a New Zealand novelist, short story writer and poet


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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