The name Fraye comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as the fry,
which literally means free.
It has also been suggested that Fraye comes from the Middle English word fry,
meaning "small person," or "child." In either instance, the origins of the name are as a nickname
which referred to characteristics of the first person who used the name.
Early Origins of the Fraye family
The surname Fraye was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fraye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fraye research.Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 1461, 1426, 1448, 1474, 1609, 1657, 1666, 1748, 1777, 1861, 1780 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Fraye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fraye Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fraye has undergone many spelling variations
, including Fry, Frye, Free and others.
Early Notables of the Fraye family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Fray (died 1461), an English lawyer who served as Baron
of the Exchequer from 1426 and Lord Chief Baron
of the Exchequer in 1448; Walter Frye (c.
died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fraye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fraye family to Ireland
Some of the Fraye family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fraye family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fraye were among those contributors: John Frie, who settled in New England
in 1638; George Frie, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Jacob Frie, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739.