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Clan Frame

The name is first recorded in north Lanarkshire in the fifteenth century.

Project website at Family Tree DNA

FRAME DNA PROJECT - Research Notes

Research for the Frame/Freame/Fremault DNA Project is focused on the time of established surnames. In the past, there have been many disparate views as to the origins of both the Frame surname and the clan. Two of the traditions passed down are that the Frames were ‘weavers from Flanders’ and that they had ‘fled religious persecution’. George Black (The Surnames of Scotland) made no attempt to define or classify Frame; instead, only listing several early individuals. [i] As will be illustrated, the Scottish Fram/Frame, the English Freme/Freame/Frame and the French Fremault/Fremaux families share a surname etymology and similar family profiles. Given their artisan skills, where they lived and who they associated with, a case can be made to support the tradition that the ancestors of these families were ‘Weavers from Flanders’ – whether Flemish or Walloon.

For more see Scotland and the Flemish People at the University of St. Andrews

J. W. Frame and Robert Frame



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