Framtown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Framtown is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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. 
Early Origins of the Framtown family
The surname Framtown was first found in Dorset, where the family resided at Moreton from 1385.  The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Frantone. 
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 Framtown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Framtown 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 Framtown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Framtown Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Framtown has been spelled many different ways, including Frampton, Framton, Framptoun, Framptown, Framptowne, Framtone, Framptone, Framtoun, Framptowne, Framptons and many more.
Early Notables of the Framtown 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. 
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." 
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...
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Migration of the Framtown family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Framtowns to arrive in North America: Richard Frampton settled in New England in 1783; William Frampton settled in New York in 1821. In Newfoundland, Joseph Framton settled in Trinity Bay in 1760.
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The Framtown 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 Translation: By perserving.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print