Last update: 25 Aug 2015

'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

The  primary website for the 'FRAME / FREAME / FREMAULT DNA PROJECT' is now at Family Tree DNA. Please visit:


To view the Project's DNA results and the patriarchs represented to date please click Here.

This Google website is now a repository for some of the Frame/Freame/Fremault DNA Project's research notes.

All males with any close variant of the FRAME, FREAME, FREMAULT and FREMAUX surnames, from anywhere in the world, are encouraged to join the DNA project.

Joining is easy! Simply click Here to purchase a Y-DNA kit at the Project's discounted price. We recommend testing 67 markers (Y-DNA67).


‘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 these 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.   

                                                           SURNAME VARIANT DISTRIBUTION IN BRITAIN BY 1700 
 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 below).    
Note re 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

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Although test discounts are offered to FRAME/FREAME/FREMAULT DNA PROJECT members by FAMILY TREE DNA , it does not suggest a 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, FREAME, FREMAULT 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 / FREAME / FREMAULT 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/FREAME/FREMAULT DNA PROJECT or any other public database. By participating in the this PROJECT, the participant agrees to all conditions of the Project.