Frith Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Frith Origin:

England, Scotland, Wales

Origins of Frith:

This old surname appeared in many spelling forms like Firth, Frith, Fridd, Fryd, Freeth, Fright, Freed, Vreede, Frift, Freak, Feake, Freke, Firk, and many other formations which has pre 7th century Olde English, Scottish and Welsh origins. It derives from an introduction for a ‘resident by brushland or dry meadow’ from the words ‘firhthe’ or ‘fyrhthe.’ ‘Firth’ has its epicenter in Yorkshire or Lancashire, while the converted spelling as ‘Frith,’ is ultimately listed in the south east of England. When combined with ‘V,’ the name is frequently found in West Country, while the unique ‘Fright’ is most famous in London and Kent. The previous English examples of the name consists of Wulmar de Frith in the 1195 Pipe Rolls of Kent and John del Friht in 1197, also in the Kentish rolls. Alexander de Frike of Worcester in 1275, Thomas atte Vryth in the 1333 Somerset charters, and Thomas atte Fryth in the 1379 census Tax Rolls of Yorkshire. The surname first listed in Scotland in 1317, when Laurencius del Frith witnessed a settlement by Willelmus de Lysurius in Edinburgh. Other examples consist of John Firth, assistance in December 1609, at St Botolph’s, Bishopsgate, and Robert Fryght, named at St Andrews Parish, Holborn, London, in February 1665.


More common variations are: Frieth, Freith, Farith, Fraith, Fritha, Forith, Firtho, Fruith, Frithy, Frioth.


The origins of the surname Frith was found in Derbyshire where people held a family seat from early times. Some say better before the success of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ralph Delfrid, dated about 1170, in the “Chartulary of Ramsey Abbey,” Huntingdonshire. It was during the time of King Henry II who was known to be the “The Builder of Churches,” dated 1154-1189. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Frith settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Frith who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Frith, Thomas Frith and Robert Frith, all arrived in Virginia respectively in the years 1606 and 1635. Henry Frith and John Frith, both landed respectively in the years in 1658 and 1661.

Some of the people with the surname Frith who settled in the United States in the 18th century included George Frith and Thomas Frith would eventually settle in Virginia in the same year 1711. Fetter Frith and Anganeas Frith, both arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the same year 1732.

The following century saw much more Frith surnames come. Some of the people with the surname Frith who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Sarah Frith at the age of 14 landed in Key West, Fla in 1839.


Some of the people with the surname Frith who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Frederick Frith and MosesFrith; both arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ships “ Orleana and Salacia” respectively in the years 184o and 1850. James Frith aboard the ship “Anson” arrived in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia in the year 1843.


Some of the people with the surname Frith who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included Charles Frith landed in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Annie Wilson” in the year 1863. Eliza Frith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Portland” in the year 1864.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Frith: United States 4,152; England 4,184; Australia 1,625; Canada 750; South Africa 566; Scotland 144; Wales 90; New-Zealand 296; Bermuda 81; Jamaica 482.

Notable People:

Benjamin Frith was a British pianist.

Billy Frith was an English football club director.

Clifford Brodie Frith was an Australian ornithologist.

Chris Frith was a British expert in psychology.

Dawn Whyatt Frith was an Australian ornithologist.

Doug Frith was a Canadian political leader.

Francis Frith was a British cameraman.

Fred Frith was a British singer.

Mark Frith was a British scholar.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (granted by Camden). Blazon: Az. in chief two garbs in saltire or, in base a sickle fesswayS ar. handled of the second. Crest —Above a grove of trees ppr. the sun in splendour or, beneath clouds ppr.

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