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This Spanish surname of FRUTH was originally derived from a medieval given name FRUTOS, rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form FRUCTUS, meaning profit, benefit. The name was borne by an 8th century hermit of Sepulveda. Together with his brother Valentine and sister Engratia, who were killed by the Moors, he is regarded as the patron of Segovia. The name was also occasionally applied to a grower or seller of fruit. The name has numerous variant spellings which include FRUTH, FRUTIER, FRUGIER, FRUCHTER, FRUTCHMAN, FRUCHON, FRUCHOU and FRUCHARD, to name but a few. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. A notable member of the name was Hal Fredrich FRUTH, born on the 27th February, 1888 in Albany, Minnesota. He was an engineer and physicist, and his appointments included executive vice-president of the Frontier Research and Development Corporation, and he was the author of many articles in the field. He worked on 100 patents and inventions. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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