The name Frys is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Frys was a name used for a person who was referred to as the fry,
which literally means free.
It has also been suggested that Frys 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 Frys family
The surname Frys was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Frys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frys 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 Frys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frys Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Frys include Fry, Frye, Free and others.
Early Notables of the Frys 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 Frys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Frys family to Ireland
Some of the Frys 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 Frys family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Frys were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.