Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Frost Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Frost is of the Anglo-Saxon origin, and comes from the pre 7th Century Old English “frost” or “forst” which was said to be used as a nickname for someone with white hair or a white beard. It was also said to be used for someone with a frosty disposition, who was rather cold and frigid to others. It is also possible that “frost” and “forst” meant that people who bore this surname were born in times of frost, most likely in the autumn.
More common variations are:
Froast, Froste, Forost, Frosst, Frosti, Frosty, Froust, Frosta, Ffrost, Frosto
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Frost was that of William Forst, who was recorded in the Doomsday Book of Hampshire in 1086, which was said to cover the “Great Survey” of England. The Doomsday Book was created under the direction of King William I, who was known as “The Conqueror” and reigned from the year 1066 to the year 1087. Other early recordings of this name included Lefstan Frost, who was named in the Feudal Documents of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk in 1095, and Gilbert Frost, who was named in the 1195 Pipe Rolls of Warwick. Those bearing the surname of Frost were said to have resided more commonly in the the southern region of Hampshire, but later spread all throughout the country. Today, those who have the surname of Frost can be found in high concentrations in the counties of Somerset, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, and the city of London.
Those residing in Scotland that carry the surname of Frost are said to be most commonly found in Aberdeenshire County, Lanarkshire County, Argyll County, Midlothian County, and West Lothian.
The surname was recorded in Ranchory-Devenick in 1819.
In the 1600’s, settlers began to emigrate to the United States of America, in search for freedom from religious persecution, better and more sanitary living conditions, and work. The first recorded settler to emigrate to the United states was Thomas Frost, who was aged twenty-eight years, and left the city of London on a ship named the “John” in October of the year 1635 which was bound for St. Christopher in the West Indies. Nicholas Frost, and William Frost were said to be the first official recorded people with the surname of Frost to land in the United States in the year 1630. In the 18th Century, Robert Frost arrived in New England in 1730, while Thomas Frost came to America in the year 1765. In the United States, those bearing the surname of Frost can be found in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, and Texas.
Australia and New Zealand:
In the 19th Century, settlers began to immigrate to the countries of Australia and New Zealand looking to create new colonies. The first person recorded to bear the surname of Frost in Australia was a man named Robert Frost, who was an English convict from Middlesex, and was transported to New South Wales, aboard the ship named the “Almorah” in the year 1817. The first person with the recorded surname of Frost to land in New Zealand was Dennis Frost, who settled in Nelson in 1849.
United States 49,850
South Africa 7,232
New Zealand 2,248
Major General Kathryn G. Frost (1948-2006) who was the commander of the US Army and Air Force Exchange Service from August 2002 to April 2005, when she retired, Frost was the highest-ranking woman in the US Army
Edwin Brant Frost II (1866-1935) who was an astronomer and editor od the Astrophysical Journal from the year 1902 to 1932
Arthur Burdett “A.B.” Frost (1851-1928) who was an illustrator, graphic artist, and comic writer
Archie N. Frost, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Massachusetts in 1916 and 1920, and was a Republican politician from America
Amy Frost, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Ohio in the year 2008, and was an American Republican politician
Amos L. Frost, who was a U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 4th California District from 1873-1879, and was an American politician
Almon B. Frost, who was a Member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County in the 1st District, from 1871 to 1872, and was an American politician
Frost Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Frost blazon are the trefoil, chevron, thistle and owl. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and gules.
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” . It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found . More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald . More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines . Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).
Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur . The trefoil may originally been a representation of a specific plant (perhaps shamrock) but it has been used as a symbol almost since the beginning of heraldry and over time has adopted a stylised aspect. . Guillim believes that it signifies “perpetuity…the just man shall never wither”.
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
The thistle as a symbol is inevitably associated with Scotland, although more often as a badge rather than appearing as an item upon a shield. Despite its prickly reputation the images of this flowering plant are very striking and they are usually shown with leaves to either side in quite an accurate representation.