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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 and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of the family at this time include Walter Frye ( c. died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of the English Parliament and sat as a Commissioner (Judge) during the trial of King Charles I of England; Thomas...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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
Frye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Frye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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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