The surname of FROGETT was a locational name 'of Fragatt' a township in County Derbyshire on the borders of Yorkshire near Sheffield. The name was brought to England with the Conqueror in 1066. In England the name was originally rendered as FROGGA, literally meaning the dweller at the cottages or shelters. The name is also spelt FROGGATT, FROGGITT, FROGGE and FROGGETT. Early records of the name mention Edwin Frogat, listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The name appeared in Scotland, in Annan, Dumfriesshire in the year 1801, where it was obviously brought by settlers from England.
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