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Froud Coat of Arms / Froud Family Crest

Froud Coat of Arms / Froud Family Crest

This surname FROUD was a baptismal name 'the son of Frowde'. The name is of obscure origin, although it was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, noting a certain FRODO, who was living at Bury St. Edmunds, and his son documented as Gilbert filius FRODONIS. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name.A notable member of this name was William FROUDE (l8l0-l879) the English engineer and applied mathematician. In l827 he became an assistant to Brunel. Retiring from professional work in l846 he devoted himself to investigating the conditions of naval construction. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.


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