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The origins of the Frith name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Frith was originally derived from a family having lived as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Frith was primarily located at Chapel-le-Frith in the county of Derbyshire.
The surname Frith was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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 Frith include Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frith research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1317, 1584, 1659, 1503 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Frith History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Frith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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:
Frith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Frith, who came to Virginia in 1606
- Thomas Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Robert Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Henry Frith, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
- John Frith, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
Frith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Frith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
- Thomas Frith, who landed in Virginia in 1711
- Fetter Frith, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
- Anganeas Frith, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
Frith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sarah Frith, aged 14, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839
Frith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Frederick Frith arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
- James Frith, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Moses Frith arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
Frith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles L. Frith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
- Elizabeth Frith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Samuel Frith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
- Abraham Frith, aged 47, a bootmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
- Eliza Frith, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
- Mr. William Railton Oliver Frith (1916-1941), English Petty Officer from Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- David Edward John Frith (b. 1937), English cricket writer and historian
- Francis Frith (1822-1898), English photographer of the Middle East
- Fred Frith (b. 1949), English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor
- William Powell Frith (1819-1909), English painter
- Frederick Lee "Freddie" Frith OBE (1909-1988), British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion
- Sir Eric Herbert Cokayne Frith (1897-1984), British general
- Douglas Cockburn Frith (b. 1945), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons for Sudbury from 1980 to 1988
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The Frith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frith 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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