Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Frowde family
The surname Frowde 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. 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.
Early History of the Frowde family
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Frowde Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Froud, Froude, Frowd, Frowde, Frude, Frood and others.
Early Notables of the Frowde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frowde family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Frowde or a variant listed above were: John Froud, who arrived in Nevis in 1674; Jane Froud, a bonded passenger, who came to Virginia in 1766; William Frowd, who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, in 1766.