Origins Available: English, Scottish
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
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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Migration of the Froud family to the New World and Oceana
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
Froud Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Froud (post 1700)
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