Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Frome is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the region of Froome in the counties of Somerset and Hereford. The surname Frome originally derived from German origin and was later adopted by the English as a local name in the 12th century. In Old English the surname Frome was printed as Ffraw which referred to someone who lived beside a river.
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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Frome has been spelled many different ways, including Frome, Froome and others.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fromes to arrive in North America:
Frome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Thomas Frome who settled in Barbados in 1663
Frome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ann Frome, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)