When the ancestors of the Frodesman family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in the village of Frodsham, Cheshire
. Some of the earliest references of the name were: Peter de Ffrodessham who was listed in The Coucher Book of Chartulary of Whalley Abbey c. 1200; William Ffrodesam who was listed on The Register of Guild of the Holy Trinity of Coventry 1340-1450; and John de Frodusham in the Feet of Fines roll at Chester in 1377.
Early Origins of the Frodesman family
The surname Frodesman was first found in Cheshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Frodsham from very ancient times, some say after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. The pre-Conquest name of the village of Frodsham was Frotesham, and was granted to Earl Hugh, a Norman Noble who attended Duke William at Hastings in 1066. At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 the village consisted of a church, a winter mill, 2.5 fisheries, and .5 of a Salt house to be used by the manor of Frodsham. Frodsham was once a major port at the mouth of the River Weaver.
Early History of the Frodesman family
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Frodesman Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Frodesman has been recorded under many different variations, including Frotesham, Frodesham, Frodsham and others.
Early Notables of the Frodesman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frodesman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Frodesmans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: James Frotsham landed in America in 1730.