Frorthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Frorthay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Frorthay was primarily located at Chapel-le-Frith, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of High Peakin in Derbyshire. [1]

The town dates back to 1272, when it was known as Capella de la Firth, and meant "chapel in the sparse woodland." [2]

Early Origins of the Frorthay family

The surname Frorthay was first found in Derbyshire at Chapel-En-Le-Frith. One of the first records of the family was Wlimar Frith who appeared in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1195. A few years later, John del Frith was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Norfolk in 1201 and later, William in the Frith was listed in Essex in 1276. [3]

Richard de la Fryth, was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. [4]

Early History of the Frorthay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frorthay research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1317, 1584, 1659, 1503, 1533, 1699, 1700 and 1941 are included under the topic Early Frorthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frorthay Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Frorthay family name include Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.

Early Notables of the Frorthay family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard le Frith; Mary Frith or Moll Cutpurse (c.1584-1659), a notorious pickpocket and fence of the English underworld; and John Frith or Fryth (1503-1533)...
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Ireland Migration of the Frorthay family to Ireland

Some of the Frorthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Frorthay family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Frorthay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Frith, who came to Virginia in 1606; Thomas Frith who settled in Virginia in 1635; also Robert Frith who also settled in Virginia in 1635; Sarah Frith, who arrived in Barbados in 1678..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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