Fruin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where William Frewyn, Sussex; and Ralph Frewyne, Oxfordshire were both listed as holding at that time. [1]

"Several tenants prior to the Domesday Book bore it, as Frauuin, in Sussex, Frauuinus, in Devonshire, and Freowinus, in Suffolk. Its Anglo-Saxon form is Freawin, signifying 'dear or devoted to Frea.' " [2]

Early History of the Fruin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fruin research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1062, 1430, 1629, 1558, 1628, 1558, 1588, 1664, 1612, 1543, 1473, 1588, 1583, 1592, 1681, 1761, 1693, 1698 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Fruin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Distinguished members of the family include John Frewen (1558-1628), English Puritan divine, descended from an old Worcestershire family, was born in 1558. [3] Accepted Frewen (1588-1664), was Archbishop of York, born in Sussex and became a fellow of Oxford in 1612. He "was the eldest son of the Rev. John Frewen [q. v.], rector of Northiam, Sussex. The family appears to have been originally of Worcestershire, as Richard Frewen, the father of John Frewen, was son of Roger Frewen, who was buried at Hanley Castle in 1543, and grandson of Richard Frewen, bailiff of Worcester in 1473. Accepted Frewen was born at...
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fruin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Fruin family to Ireland

Some of the Fruin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Fruin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fruin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Fruin, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]

New Zealand Fruin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.


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