Show ContentsFrodsham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Frodsham family

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.

Early History of the Frodsham family

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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.

Early Notables of the Frodsham family (pre 1700)

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United States Frodsham migration to the United States +

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 Atlantic. 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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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
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New Zealand Frodsham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Frodsham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. Frodsham, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [1]
  • Calvert Frodsham, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875 [2]
  • R. Frodsham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frodsham (post 1700) +

  • Bridge Frodsham (1734-1768), English actor, a native of Frodsham, Cheshire who was admitted on the foundation of Westminster School in 1746, but forfeited his position by running away [4]
  • 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
  • Frodsham Hodson (1770-1822), English principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, son of the Rev. George Hodson, born at Liverpool on 7 June 1776

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Neville H Frodsham (b. 1921), English Acting Sub Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy from England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [5]

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  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 9th November 2011). Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook