The surname VROMAN was a locational name 'of Froome' parishes in County Somerset, and Hereford. The name is also rendered as Frome. The name was derived from the Old English word 'FFRAW' literally meaning the dweller beside the river. The earliest of the name on record appears to be FROME (without surname) who was recorded in the year 950, and FROME (without surname) was documented in 1192 in County Gloucestershire. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. Other records of the name mention Walter de Frome of County Oxford, who was recorded in the year 1273. Reginald de Frome was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). William Frome was recorded in County Yorkshire in 1379. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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