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Early Origins of the Frowd family

The surname Frowd 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 Frowd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frowd 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 Frowd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frowd Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Froud, Froude, Frowd, Frowde, Frude, Frood and others.

Early Notables of the Frowd 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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Canada Frowd migration to Canada +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Frowd or a variant listed above:

Frowd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Frowd (post 1700) +

  • Henry Frowd, American historian and researcher, known for his book "What Rome Was Built With. A Description of the Stones Employed in Ancient Times for Its Building and Decoration by Mary Winearls Porter" (1908)
  • Vicky Frowd, Australian actress, known for What Do We Want? (2022)

  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)
  3. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0 on Facebook