~ Photographer Unknown

'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we came from.'

~ Alex Haley

Welcome! Those words from Alex Haley resonate, as does the name of Dalserf. The tiny village of Dalserf, with the church steeple showing in the background, is pictured above. ( With gratitude to the unknown original photographer.) Were any of those individuals in the photograph surnamed Frame? We will likely never know, although several Frame DNA Project members from around the world have been able to trace their Frame family roots back to Dalserf. Early Wills/Testaments indicate that Dalserf was one of the places in Scotland that the Frame surname first appeared.

My name is Julie Frame Falk. I am a founder and one of six administrators in different parts of the world currently connected to the FRAME DNA PROJECT . I have also been the lead researcher for the Frame DNA Project since it was created. I own and maintain this website in order to share some of the material that I have gathered while researching the wider Frame clan. See Background page. Our Project's eligible surnames include variants such as Freame, Fremault, Fremaux etc. - all surnames derived from the framea - the spear. Please do not hesitate to Contact Me if you have any questions about the Project.

With all of the publicity surrounding DNA testing these days, you might be wondering: How can a Y-DNA test help me with my genealogy? While autosomal (atDNA) and mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA tests can be useful for finding genetic kin, it is the Y-DNA test, which analyses the direct paternal line (father's, father's, father etc), that we mainly focus on in the Frame DNA Project. Y-DNA is passed down from father to son through the generations, just like our surname. Our Project's testing company is Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas, USA and our members are spread throughout countries such as: USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. We are finding Y-DNA cousin matches in most instances. Family Tree DNA offers a variety of tests which can help you find family, break through brick walls and trace your lineage through time. To test the Y-DNA, you need to be a male with a FRAME surname variant such as FREAME, FREME, FREMAULT, FREMAUX etc. If you are a female, you will need to test a male member of your family such as your brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather etc. Inevitably, over time, our Frame family lines might daughter-out or become extinct and the opportunity to collect a Y-DNA sample will be lost forever. Preserving your Frame (or variant) family's Y-DNA signature in our Project is one of the greatest contributions that you can make to future generations of your family. Testing is easy - it's just a simple cheek swab!

We chose Family Tree DNA as our Project's testing company because:

• Family Tree DNA has the most comprehensive database in the world for making Y-DNA comparisons.

• If you opt in to 'Matching' (highly recommended) you will be able to contact your closest genetic matches if they have also opted in.

• You will be able to share stories and work together with your matches to connect the dots on your family tree

We invite ALL males with the surnames FRAME, FREAME, FREMAULT, FREMAUX or close variants of these surnames, to join us in our quest to find out how many separate genetic groups there are within these surnames, which families are related to one another.


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The Frame DNA Project is based on the 'Spear' surnames. See more on Surname Origins page:

‘Tacitus tells us that the Germans were generally armed with a short spear, adapted either for close or distant fighting, and which was called in their language framea. From this word, apparently allied to the Modern German pfriem, Förstemann derives the following ancient names, which are mostly Frankish.’ [Robert Ferguson, THE TEUTONIC NAME-SYSTEM APPLIED TO THE FAMILY NAMES OF FRANCE, ENGLAND, & GERMANY (1864)]

FRAM. Spear.


English: FRAME, FREEM.



Many of the 'Spear' surname variations are found in:

FLANDERS, BELGIUM – particularly Liège, Namur (Wallonia), Tournai (Hainaut), Hévillers, Brabant, Antwerp. Variations include: Freimaux, Frémaux, Fremaux, Fremeaux, Frahm, Frama, Fremau, Fremi, Fremie, Friem etc.

FRANCE – especially in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, French Flanders: Fremault , Fremaux ; also De Freme, Freme, Fremy etc

NETHERLANDS - particularly in Amsterdam: Fremaux, Fremeaux, Fram, Frame, Framey, Freem, Freeme, Frem, Fremau, Fremme, Fremou, Freummau, Froem, Fromie, Frummau etc.

Records show that German, Danish, Polish, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian and South African families also share our project’s eligible surnames.


Research indicates that large numbers of English and Scottish families surnamed Frame / Freame / Freme etc. likely descend from Flemish weavers and artisans who possibly originated in what is now known as French Flanders (see pink area on map image below).

Yellow pins: Some families surnamed Frome, Froom and Froome likely have a surname derived locatively from FROME in Dorset, Hereford and Somerset. However, Froom, Froome etc. variations are also found on the Continent and may be variations of FROMMÉ.


Although test discounts are offered to FRAME DNA PROJECT members by FAMILY TREE DNA, there is no business partnership or any other relationship between the PROJECT, its administrators, and FAMILY TREE DNA. All fees are payable only and directly to FAMILY TREE DNA. This PROJECT is a non-profit project and administrators are unpaid volunteers dedicated to advancing FRAME family research. The administrators chose FAMILY TREE DNA to be their testing company due to FTDNA having the largest database for comparisons; they were the pioneers of Genetic Genealogy. This PROJECT will not in any way have control of DNA samples, nor will it have the responsibility for their care, handling or return to our project participants. The FRAME DNA PROJECT does not have a duty to act on behalf of a project participant in mediation of any disputes arising between a Project participant and FAMILY TREE DNA. A match between Project participants may suggest they share a common ancestor; however, it will not identify the specific ancestor. There is no guarantee that every participant will match anyone in the FRAME DNA PROJECT or any other public database. By participating in the this PROJECT, the participant agrees to all conditions of the Project.

© Julie Frame Falk 2013-18