Frodsham's Coat of Arms
Why is it called Frodsham?
The name of Frodsham
The name Frodsham was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Frodsham family lived in the village of Frodsham, Cheshire. Some of the earliest references of the name were: Peter de Ffrodessham who was listed in The Coucher Book of Chartulary of Whalley Abbey c. 1200; William Ffrodesam who was listed on The Register of Guild of the Holy Trinity of Coventry 1340-1450; and John de Frodusham in the Feet of Fines roll at Chester in 1377.
Early Origins of the Frodsham family
The surname Frodsham was first found in Cheshire where they were Lords of the manor of Frodsham from very ancient times, some say after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. The pre-Conquest name of the village of Frodsham was Frotesham, and was granted to Earl Hugh, a Norman Noble who attended Duke William at Hastings in 1066. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village consisted of a church, a winter mill, 2.5 fisheries, and .5 of a Salt house to be used by the manor of Frodsham. Frodsham was once a major port at the mouth of the River Weaver.
Frodsham Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Frotesham, Frodesham, Frodsham and others.