Frampton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Frampton comes from when the family resided in Frampton. There are several places called Frampton in England; they can be found in the counties Dorset, Gloucestershire, and Leicestershire having derived from the Celtic river name Frome, of which there were several in pre-Norman England. Frome meant fine or fair. The suffix is derived from tun, an Old English word that meant "farm" or "enclosure." The name as a whole meant "farm on the River Frome", which was a familiar Celtic river name meaning "fair" or "fine" + tun. [1]

Early Origins of the Frampton family

The surname Frampton was first found in Dorset, where the family resided at Moreton from 1385. [2] The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Frantone. [3]

There are multiple listings of Frantone in the Domesday Book, specifically in Dorset, Gloucestershire, and in Lincolnshire. Some villages have extended the name as in Frampton Mansell, Frampton Cotterell and Frampton on Severn.

Early History of the Frampton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frampton research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1355, 1373, 1380, 1622, 1708, 1577, 1596, 1567, 1622, 1708, 1622, 1641, 1727, 1641 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Frampton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frampton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Frampton include Frampton, Framton, Framptoun, Framptown, Framptowne, Framtone, Framptone, Framtoun, Framptowne, Framptons and many more.

Early Notables of the Frampton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Henry Frampton; Robert Frampton (1622-1708), Bishop of the Gloucester; and John Frampton, ( fl. 1577-1596), an English merchant from the West Country, who settled in Spain, was imprisoned and tortured by the Inquisition, but escaped from Cádiz in 1567. [4] Robert Frampton (1622-1708), was Bishop of Gloucester, "born at Pimperne, near Blandford in Dorsetshire, 26 Feb. 1622. He was the youngest of eight children, his father being a respectable farmer." [4] Tregonwell Frampton (1641-1727), was regarded as 'the father of the turf,' born in 1641 at Moreton in Dorsetshire, and was the fifth son of...
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frampton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frampton migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Frampton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Frampton, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [5]
Frampton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Frampton, who landed in America in 1764 [5]
  • Richard Frampton, who settled in New England in 1783
Frampton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Frampton, who settled in New York in 1821
  • Alfred and William Frampton, who arrived in Indian Islands in 1871

Canada Frampton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frampton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Frampton, settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1792 [6]
  • George Frampton, who arrived in Battle Harbour, Newfoundland 1795 [6]
Frampton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Frampton, who landed in Seldom-Come-By, Newfoundland in 1856 [6]
Frampton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Frampton, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss D Frampton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • M Frampton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Frampton migration to Australia +

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

Frampton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Frampton, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]

New Zealand Frampton 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:

Frampton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Frampton, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Robert Frampton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Thomas Frampton, aged 34, a millwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Amelia Shore Frampton, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Eliza Mary Frampton, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Frampton (post 1700) +

  • Meredith Frampton (1894-1984), British painter and etcher; while he was rather an obscure artist in his lifetime, he is now regarded as Britain's Vermeer, best known for his Portrait of a Young Woman and A Game of Patience, son of Sir George Frampton
  • Eric Frampton (b. 1984), American NFL football player
  • Hollis Frampton (1936-1984), American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, and a pioneer of digital art
  • Mary Featherstonhaugh Frampton (1928-2014), née Featherstonhaugh, an English civil servant
  • Edward Reginald Frampton (1870-1923), English painter who specialized in murals
  • Andrew Frampton (b. 1979), English footballer
  • Peter Kenneth Frampton (b. 1950), English musician, best known today for his solo work in the mid-1970s as an "arena rocker"
  • Roger Frampton (1948-2000), Australian jazz pianist
  • Paul Frampton (b. 1943), British theoretical physicist
  • Jordan Frampton (b. 1985), British motorcycle speedway rider
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Harold J Frampton, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]


The Frampton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perseverando
Motto Translation: By perserving.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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