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The earliest origins of the Frye surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was referred to as the fry,
which literally means free.
It has also been suggested that Frye comes from the Middle English word fry,
meaning "small person," or "child." In either instance, the origins of the name are as a nickname
which referred to characteristics of the first person who used the name.
The surname Frye was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Frye are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Frye include: Fry, Frye, Free and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frye research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 1474, 1609, 1657, 1666, 1748, 1777, 1861, 1780 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Frye History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Frye family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frye or a variant listed above:
Frye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Adrian Frye, who settled in Maine in 1630
- William Frye, who landed in Virginia in 1635
- Jeffery Frye, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
- Anne Frye, who settled in Massachusetts in 1638
- Wm Frye, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
Frye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- GabrieIl Frye, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Tobias Frye, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
- Jacob Frye, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
- Martin Frye, who arrived in North Carolina in 1764
Frye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernh Heinr Frye, who landed in America in 1832
- Joh Christian Frye, who landed in America in 1835
- Elis Frye, who arrived in America in 1846
- Franz Frye, who landed in America in 1849
- W Frye, who arrived in America in 1849
- William Pierce Frye (1830-1911), American politician from the U.S. state of Maine
- Virgil Charles Frye, American actor, and former Golden Gloves boxing champion
- Soleil Moon Frye (b. 1976), American actress, director and screenwriter
- Joseph Frye (1712-1794), early American military leader from colonial Maine, first as a major general of Massachusetts militia, brigadier general in the Continental Army, eponym of Fryeburg, Maine
- Sean Anthony Frye (b. 1966), American child actor, best-known role was as Steve, Elliot's older brother's friend in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- Dwight Frye (1899-1943), American actor, best known for his appearances in the horror films Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
- Mark Frye (b. 1957), contemporary American composer
- Marilyn Frye (b. 1941), American philosophy professor and feminist theorist
- Donna Frye (b. 1952), San Diego city councilwoman
- Charlie Frye (b. 1981), NFL football player for the Seattle Seahawks
- The Frye Family, Being a Record of the Descendants of Stephen Frye of Keokuk, Iowa & Sheridan Co., Kansas (1841-1917) by Marian McCauley Frye.
- Some Descendants of John Fry, Late of Licking County, Ohio by Charles Recker.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
The Frye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frye 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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