Frithay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Frithay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Frithay was primarily located at Chapel-le-Frith, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of High Peakin in Derbyshire. 
The town dates back to 1272, when it was known as Capella de la Firth, and meant "chapel in the sparse woodland." 
Early Origins of the Frithay family
The surname Frithay was first found in Derbyshire at Chapel-En-Le-Frith. One of the first records of the family was Wlimar Frith who appeared in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1195. A few years later, John del Frith was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Norfolk in 1201 and later, William in the Frith was listed in Essex in 1276. 
Richard de la Fryth, was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. 
Early History of the Frithay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frithay research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1317, 1584, 1659, 1503, 1533, 1699, 1700 and 1941 are included under the topic Early Frithay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frithay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Frithay include Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.
Early Notables of the Frithay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard le Frith; Mary Frith or Moll Cutpurse (c.1584-1659), a notorious pickpocket and fence of the English underworld; and John Frith or Fryth (1503-1533)...
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Migration of the Frithay family to Ireland
Some of the Frithay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Frithay family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Frithay or a variant listed above: Richard Frith, who came to Virginia in 1606; Thomas Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635; also Robert Frith who also settled in Virginia in 1635; Sarah Frith, who arrived in Barbados in 1678..
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