Fromm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Austrian surname Fromm is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Fromm family

The surname Fromm was first found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Fromm family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fromm research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1811, 1797, 1886, 1862 and 1906 are included under the topic Early Fromm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fromm Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Fromm include Fromm, Fromme, Frommer, Frommann, From and many more.

Early Notables of the Fromm family (pre 1700)

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United States Fromm migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fromm were

Fromm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Conrad Fromm, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Joh Conrad Fromm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Clemens Fromm, who arrived in South Carolina in 1749 [1]
  • Martin Fromm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Martin Fromm, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fromm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Georg Fromm, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Joh Michael Fromm, who arrived in America in 1849 [1]
  • J Fromm, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • John Fromm, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [1]
  • Joachim Fromm, who arrived in America in 1860 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fromm (post 1700) +

  • Pete Fromm (b. 1958), American novelist, short story writer, and memoir writer
  • Julius Fromm (1883-1945), Polish-born, American inventor of the seamless latex condom
  • Eric Fromm (b. 1958), American former tennis player
  • Erich Fromm (1900-1980), German-born American psychoanalyst who emphasized the role of social conditioning in human behavior. His books include Escape from Freedom (1941) and The Art of Loving (1956). He came to America in 1934 and taught for many years at various American universities
  • William Fromm, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920, 1928 [2]
  • James Fromm, American politician, Mayor of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1981-85 [2]
  • Albert Fromm, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1943 [2]
  • Friedrich Fromm (1888-1945), German army officer, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, he was executed for failing to act against the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler
  • Friedemann Fromm (b. 1963), German director of short films, documentaries, made-for-TV films and the occasional feature since the mid-'80s
  • Paul Fromm (1906-1987), Chicago-based wine merchant and musical patron


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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