The name Fruin is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes from a baptismal nameFrewen.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Fruin family
The surname Fruin was first found in Worcestershire
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 Fruin family
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Fruin Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fruin has undergone many spelling variations
, including Frewen, Frewin, Frewyn and others.
Early Notables of the Fruin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fruin family to Ireland
Some of the Fruin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fruin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fruin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Fruin, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
Fruin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hester Fruin, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Fruin (post 1700)
- Tom Fruin (b. 1974), American contemporary sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City, known for his public art Watertower in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Robert Jacobus Fruin (1823-1899), Dutch historian
- Michelle Kay "Shelley" Fruin (b. 1961), New Zealand cricketer from Pukekohe, Auckland, former member of the New Zealand National Team (1992-1996)
The Fruin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mutare non est meum
Motto Translation: It is not my nature to change.