Show ContentsFroud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Froud were Vikings who settled in ancient Scotland in the medieval period. Froud was a name for a clever person. The nickname comes from the Old Norse, and was brought to Scotland by Viking Raiders who settled in the Orkney Islands in the 9th century, after being evicted from their holdings in Norway. Those settlers were led by Sigurd the Stout. There is also a place-name Frude, found in Tweedsmuir, Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions). It is possible that the surname came from the place-name, however, the opposite derivation is more probable.

Early Origins of the Froud family

The surname Froud was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Froud family

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Froud Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Froud has appeared Froud, Froude, Frowd, Frowde, Frude, Frood and others.

Early Notables of the Froud family (pre 1700)

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United States Froud migration to the United States +

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Froud family came to North America quite early:

Froud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Froud, who settled in New England in 1766

Australia Froud migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Froud Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Froud, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • James Froud, aged 30, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor" [2]
  • James Froud, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Froud (post 1700) +

  • Wendy Froud, born Wendy Midener, American doll-artist, sculptor, and puppet-maker, best known for her work creating Yoda for the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, wife of Brian Froud
  • Brian Froud, Canadian actor, voice actor and comedian, nominated for three Canadian Comedy Awards
  • Gordon Froud (b. 1963), South African artist and curator
  • Brian Froud (b. 1947), British artist, illustrator, creative consultant to films, including "The Dark Crystal"

  1. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BRANKEN MOOR 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook