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Early Origins of the Frood family

The surname Frood was first found in Devon, where Richard and Siward Frode were listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1184. [1]

The Domesday Book has an entry for Frodo liber homo, who was living at Bury St. Edmunds, and whose son is documented as Gilbert filius Frodonis or Fit-Froude. [2]

Hugh filius Frodonis was also listed at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 1121-1148. William Froud was listed in Cheshire c. 1203 and later William le Frode was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Kent in 1334. [1]

Early History of the Frood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frood research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1187, 1203, 1334, 1525, 1667, 1738, 1678, 1688, 1664, 1665, 1718, 1719 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Frood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frood Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Froud, Froude, Frowd, Frowde, Frude, Frood and others.

Early Notables of the Frood family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Phillip Froude, who is mentioned in the House of Commons Journal of February, 1667 as being "intrusted with the Management of the Post Office." Another source indirectly confirms this latter claim when Philip Frowde (d. 1738), the English poet, "was the son of Philip Frowde, deputy postmaster-general from 1678 to 1688. His grandfather, Colonel Philip Frowde, for his faithful adherence to Charles I and Charles II was knighted on 10 March 1664-1665...
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Migration of the Frood family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Frood name or one of its variants: John Froud, who arrived in Nevis in 1674; Jane Froud, a bonded passenger, who came to Virginia in 1766; William Frowd, who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, in 1766.

Contemporary Notables of the name Frood (post 1700) +

  • Hester Frood (1882-1971), New Zealand-born, English painter and printmaker
  • Herbert Frood (1864-1931), English inventor, industrialist, and entrepreneur from Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, best known as the inventor of brake pads
  • Hilda Frood (d. 1964), Canadian publisher and owner of the Renfrew Mercury, Ontario c. 1964
  • Geoff Frood (1906-1995), Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (1930)
  • Oren Claude Frood (1889-1943), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger (1906-1916)
  • Elizabeth Anne Frood (b. 1975), New Zealand-born Egyptologist and academic, who specialises in self-presentation and the study of non-royals, Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford (2006-)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook