The name Fryes comes from a name for a person who was referred to as the fry,
which literally means free.
It has also been suggested that Fryes 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.
Early Origins of the Fryes family
The surname Fryes was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fryes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fryes research.Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 1461, 1426, 1448, 1474, 1609, 1657, 1666, 1748, 1777, 1861, 1780 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Fryes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fryes Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fryes include Fry, Frye, Free and others.
Early Notables of the Fryes family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Fray (died 1461), an English lawyer who served as Baron
of the Exchequer from 1426 and Lord Chief Baron
of the Exchequer in 1448; Walter Frye (c.
died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fryes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fryes family to Ireland
Some of the Fryes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fryes family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fryes or a variant listed above: John Frie, who settled in New England
in 1638; George Frie, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Jacob Frie, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739.