Frude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Frude family

The surname Frude 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 Frude family

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

Frude Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Froud, Froude, Frowd, Frowde, Frude, Frood and others.

Early Notables of the Frude 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...
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frude Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Frude family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Frude or a variant listed above: 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.



  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)


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