Origin of the Name Frye
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the fry', this is a nickname from the child that was fry, meaning 'free'. Variant include Fry, Fryer and Fryman. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Thomas le Frye, from County Wiltshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', in the year 1273, and a Geoffrey le Frye, County Wiltshire, who was also recorded in the same ancient document, in the same year. A Dorothie, daughter of Robert Frye, was baptised at Saint James Clerkenwell, London, in the Year 1595, and a William le Frye was recorded in the ancient document 'Kirby's Quest', in the reign of Edward III. In Ireland this name is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland .
The Frye coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Frye descendants.