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The name Frodsham was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Frodsham family 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.

Frodsham Early Origins



The surname Frodsham 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.

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Frodsham Spelling Variations


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Frodsham Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Frotesham, Frodesham, Frodsham and others.

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Frodsham Early History


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Frodsham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frodsham research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 180 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Frodsham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frodsham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frodsham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Frodsham or a variant listed above:

Frodsham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah J. Frodsham, aged 15, who settled in America from Cleaton Moor, in 1897
  • William Frodsham, aged 11, who settled in America from Cleaton Moor, in 1897

Frodsham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harold Frodsham, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from W. Hampstead, London, England, in 1907
  • Edmund Frodsham, aged 25, who landed in America from St Helens, England, in 1912
  • Charles Elton Frodsham, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1913
  • Thomas H. Frodsham, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Noel D. Frodsham, aged 7, who landed in America from Bournemonk, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frodsham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Calvert Frodsham, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • R. Frodsham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frodsham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frodsham (post 1700)



  • Eric Frodsham (1923-2003), English rugby league footballer who played from 1947 to 1956
  • Alfred "Alf" Frodsham (b. 1902), English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s, member of the Great Britain team (1928-1930)
  • Ian Frodsham (1975-1995), English association footballer
  • Gareth Frodsham (b. 1989), English rugby league footballer
  • George Horsfall Frodsham (1863-1937), English-born, Anglican bishop, Bishop of North Queensland (1902 -1913)
  • Charles Frodsham (1810-1871), English watch and clockmaker, his family business, Charles Frodsham and Co. still holds the Royal Warrant of clock suppliers to the British Royal Family
  • William James Frodsham (1778-1850), British watchmaker, Master of the Clockmakers Company London (Change Alley), elected to the Royal Society of London in 1839

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Frodsham Historic Events


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Frodsham Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Neville H Frodsham (b. 1921), English Acting Sub Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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