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This not-for-profit worldwide surname DNA project was established at Family Tree DNA in 2006. We are focused on helping family genealogists break down research ‘brick walls’ by utilising Y-DNA analysis for finding nearest patrilineal kinfolk even when paper trail runs out.  Just as a surname is passed down through the generations, so too is the Y-chromosome, which is passed down from father to son virtually unchanged except for an occasional mutation. These mutations can help us identify different branches on our family trees.  The Project ensures that the privacy of our participants is protected. We only publish kit numbers and early ancestor details on our website. Project administrators do not handle the DNA of participants at any time. Samples are forwarded by participants directly back to our chosen testing company, Family Tree DNA.  Test kits are simple cheek swabs (watch this short  video demonstration ). Kits are are available HERE at the special Project price.  We recommend beginning with the the 67-marker Y-DNA test, or, if finances allow, the 111-marker.  Females will need their Frame, Freame, Fremault (or variant surname) brother, father, cousin, uncle etc. to provide the DNA sample for their family line.  Please email the Admin with any enquiries. 

There are several ways that one might inherit the Frame or Freame surnames - see
Surname Origins page. Eligibility for joining the Project is based on the findings of Förstemann (citing Tacitus) who claimed that the English surnames Frame, Freem etc., and the French Fremeaux (Fremault) etc., were derived from the framea - a spear carried by Germanic tribes. Y-DNA testing would discover if there is a shared patrilineal ancestry between bearers of the British and French surname variants. 

   
  
‘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.

SIMPLE FORMS

English:         FRAME, FREEM.        

French:         FRÉMY, FREMEAUX, FROMMÉ, FORME.   

We believe that large numbers of our English and Scottish families surnamed Frame / Freame / Freme etc. descend from Flemish weavers and artisans who originated in what is now known as French Flanders (see pink area on map below). They were likely French-speaking Walloons   See our page Flanders- Ancestral HomelandOther possibilities for surname derivation can be found on the Surname Origins page.


MALES WITH ANY CLOSE VARIANT OF THE FRAME, FREAME, FREMAULT AND FREMAUX SURNAMES FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THIS SURNAME DNA PROJECT!

It's so easy! Simply click Here to purchase a Y-DNA kit at the discounted project price.
 We recommend starting with a minimum of the Y-DNA 67-marker test.

If finances allow, the 111-marker may be more useful over the longer term.
Any questions? Please contact the Admin.

ELIGIBLE SURNAMES

By utilising Y-DNA testing we are able to identify which bearers of these surname variations actually share a common ancestry in the direct male line. All surname possibilities are not listed in the Eligible Surnames below. If your surname variation is not included we will be happy to add it. Please contact the Admin.


DE FRAMÉ  DEFREMAUX
FRAEME
FRAHM 
FRAIM*
FRAIME 
FRAIMES
FRAM 
FRAMAU
FRAME*
FRAMES
FRAMME
FRAMS
FRAYM
FREAM 
FREAME
FREAMES
FREEHAM
FREEM
FREEMA
FREEME
FREM  FREMA
FREMAU
FREMAUX
FREMAUZ
FREME
FREMEAUX
FREMEE
FREMES
FREMEZ
FREMAULT
FRÉMY
FRESME
FREUMAU
FREUMAUSFREUMAUXFREYMEFRIEM
FRIEME
FRIM
FRIME
FROIAM
FROME
FROMMÉ
FROMOS
FROOM
FROOMES
FRYAM
FRYME
VREEM
        


   

Thus far, we have proven that some American Fraim families are genetically related to Frames in America and elsewhere around the world. We have also found that some Frame families from England, Scotland, Wales the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are related to one another - see Results page - but this is only the beginning!  We would like to compare the Y-DNA of Frame, Freame, Fram, Frahm, Fremault, Fremaux etc fmen of British heritage with those of similar surnames stemming from the Continent and elsewhere.

Many of our surname variations are found in:

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

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

NETHERLANDS -  particularly in Amsterdam: De Fram, De Freme, Fremaux, Fremeaux, Fram, Frame, Framey, Framz, Freem, Freeme, Frem, Fremau, Fremme, Fremou, Freummau, Friems, Froem, Fromie, Froom, Froome, Fruhm, Frummau etc.

Records show that German, Danish, Polish, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian and South African families also share our project’s eligible surnames.   DNA testing for genealogy purposes is now much more affordable (reduced price if you test through our project), and if you join the Frame / Freame / Fremault DNA Project there is a very good chance you will discover some previously unknown cousins!  DNA testing is not a magic 'fix' to resolve all genealogical brick walls; however, it is a very useful tool and will identify nearest genetic cousins in the direct male line no matter what surname they carry.  Why not help identify which of our surname families are genetically related and which are from different gene pools?


***Click Here to order a Y-DNA test now!***

 
                                       SURNAME VARIANT DISTRIBUTION IN BRITAIN BY 1700                                   

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ALREADY TESTED YOUR Y-DNA?

Have you already tested your Y-DNA at Ancestry, GeneTree or Sorensen's SMGF ?  For a nominal fee, Family Tree DNA, the Frame/Freame/Fremault DNA Project's testing company, are now allowing the upload to the FTDNA database of 33 and 46 marker Y-DNA tests that have been carried out at these Labs. Family Tree DNA acquired the DNA Heritage database so those transfers were free of charge. FTDNA will be charging the nominal fee of $19 per person to import third party results from Ancestry, GeneTree or Sorensen's SMGF. This fee will be credited to clients who order upgrades at Family Tree DNA.  Please visit FTDNA Y-DNA Transfer website to arrange for your transfer to the Family Tree DNA database. For any additional questions related to Third Party transfer, please refer to the FAQ Section for help.


PLEASE NOTE:
The FRAME/FREAME/FREMAULT DNA PROJECT Administrators request that new participants submit a simple line of descent from earliest known direct male line ancestor (from grandparents or great-grandparents etc - as far back as is known) down to themselves. We need this for publication on the Project Patriarchs page.  Note that we do not publish the generations still living. After you join the Project by placing your order, please email whatever you know of your direct male line of descent to the Admin.  This information is also used for analysis of DNA test results.


***Click Here to order a Y-DNA test now!***



DISCLAIMER

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.

©  Julie Frame Falk 2013-2014