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Where did the Scottish Frew family come from? What is the Scottish Frew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Frew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Frew family history?

The name Frew comes from when the family lived in Perthshire, on lands known as Fords of Frew in the district of Menteith. The surname Frew is a habitation surname, created from the place name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Frew, Frewe and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. It is possible that their ancestors lived here even before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frew research. Another 132 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1624, 1693, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Frew History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Frew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Frew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Frew, aged 37, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825
  • James Frew, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1835
  • Hugh Frew, who landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • William Frew, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Alexander Frew, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870


Frew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Frew, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • John Frew, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • James Frew, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Eliza Frew, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Hugh Frew, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast


Frew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Frew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • Jane Frew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • Jane Fullarton Frew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • Ellen Frew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • Francis Frew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839


Frew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas B. Frew arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864

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  • Walter Edwin Frew, American (Scottish born) financier
  • Irvine Bell Frew (1907-1995), Scottish born professional NHL ice hockey defenceman
  • Scott Frew (b. 1980), Scottish professional singer
  • Steve Frew (b. 1973), Scottish gymnast
  • James Frew, Associate Professor of environmental science and management at the University of California
  • Alan Frew (b. 1956), Canadian rock musician, lead singer for the Canadian band, Glass Tiger
  • Alison Eavis Harding Frew (1883-1952), Australian civil engineer


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The Frew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frew Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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