Fruing family page
Charles Fruing was buried in St Brelade in 1746
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Origin of Surname
This is a surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the Old English personal name 'Freawine', composed of the elements 'freo' (free, noble, generous), and 'wine' (friend). The personal name appeared as 'Freowinus' and 'Freuuinus' in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Suffolk and Essex respectively. The surname itself is first recorded in the early 13th Century in Suffolk.
The family appears to have arrived in Jersey towards the end of the 17th century because William, who was baptised in 1695 in St Lawrence, was the son of William and Marie Laugee, and William, the father, is described as English.
There is a suggestion, however, that Fruings from Jersey emigrated to Canada as early as 1583 and were among the first settlers at Blancs Sablons.
The name is much better known in Canada than it is in Jersey, because William's great-grandson William founded one of the two main companies operating in the cod fishing trade in Gaspe, New Brunswick.
- A history of the Fruing family and its Canadian business
- A timeline of Jersey's involvement in the Newfoundland and Gaspe cod fishing industry
- Fruing company ships
This will created by a member of the Fruing family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Philippe Frouïng of St Brelade, now of St Peter, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, £16 of the order of the King 21 January 1845 - D/Y/A/26