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Eliza Jane Fry was baptised in St Mary in 1843

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Origin of name

This name is either a variant of the nickname or status name 'Free', from the Old English word freo or frig meaning 'free (born)' - not a serf, not belonging to a lord. This source for the surname, also found as Frye, is chiefly confined to the south and southwest of England. The second origin is from another nickname, for a small person, from the Middle English fry meaning offspring, a child or small person.

Early records

The first Fry to appear in Jersey church records was William, son of WIlliam and Magdeleine Rabet. He was baptised in St Helier in 1748. There was then a gap until the 1830s, when the first family became established in St Mary.


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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Fry family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Eliza Fry, Five Oaks, St Saviour - 7 December 1921, D/Y/A/81
  • Elizabeth Fry, 16 Hue Street, St Helier - 14 August 1920, D/Y/A/80
  • Emma Fry, St Helier - 7 March 1911, D/Y/A/70
  • George Fry of St Helier - 20 August 1886, D/Y/A/46
  • John Fry of Uffculme, Devon, now of the Southampton Hotel, Bath Street, St Helier 18 July 1837 - D/Y/A/24
  • Mary Fry of St Helier - 5 January 1881, D/Y/A/41
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