Framton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Framton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Framton family lived 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 Framton family

The surname Framton 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 Framton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Framton 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 Framton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Framton 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 Framton 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 Framton include: Frampton, Framton, Framptoun, Framptown, Framptowne, Framtone, Framptone, Framtoun, Framptowne, Framptons and many more.

Early Notables of the Framton 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 Framton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Framton 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 Framton or a variant listed above:

Framton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Framton, who settled in Trinity Bay in 1760


The Framton 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


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