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Where did the English Frowd family come from? What is the English Frowd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Frowd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Frowd family history?


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.

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. There is a record in the Domesday Book of a Frodo, who was living at Bury St. Edmunds, and whose son is documented as Gilbert filius Frodonis or Fit-Froude.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frowd research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1187, 1203, 1334, 1525, and 1667 are included under the topic Early Frowd History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frowd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frowd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Frowd, who came to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, in 1766


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The Frowd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frowd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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