Frorthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Frorthe date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Frorthe family lived as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Frorthe 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. 
The town dates back to 1272, when it was known as Capella de la Firth, and meant "chapel in the sparse woodland." 
Early Origins of the Frorthe family
The surname Frorthe 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. 
Richard de la Fryth, was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. 
Early History of the Frorthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frorthe 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 Frorthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frorthe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Frorthe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Frorthe include: Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.
Early Notables of the Frorthe 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)...
Migration of the Frorthe family to Ireland
Some of the Frorthe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Frorthe family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frorthe or a variant listed above: 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..