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Frame/Freame/Fremault DNA Project

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The Frame, Freame, Fremault DNA Project is hosted by Family Tree DNA and was established in 2006. This Project is focused on discovering genetic relationships between families with surnames that according to Förstemann, were derived from the framea - a spear carried by Germanic tribes, including the Franks:

'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. (See ELIGIBLE SURNAMES below.)

Project goals

The aim of the project is to use Y-DNA testing to identify which families of the same or similar surnames are genetically related to one another. We do this by testing the Y-chromosome (direct male line). For example, we have proven that one Fraim family is genetically related to other families surnamed Frame. We also wish to compare the Y-DNA of Frame/Freme/Freame families from the southern parts of England with those in the north and in Scotland. Likewise, we wish to compare the Y-DNA of those with French, Dutch and German variants such as FRÉMY, FREMEAUX, FREMAULT, FROMMÉ, FROOMES, FRAHM etc. with the British (FRAME, FREME, FREAME etc).

We have limited sponsorship available for free Y-DNA tests for suitable candidates. Preference will be given to candidates surnamed Fremault / Fremoult / Fremaux / Freame / Freme / Froome etc., since these are surnames not currently participating in the Project. However, Frame lines not previously tested will also be considered. If interested in applying for a free test, please contact the Admin. [mailto: [email protected] Lynn Frame].

Many surname variations found in Britain, Germany, the United States, Canada, Australia etc were also found in:

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

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

NETHERLANDS - especially 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.

To date, DNA results are showing a great deal of relatedness in the direct male line among the majority of testers surnamed FRAME. However, the most recent common ancestor some participants share range from the very recent to the quite ancient past (Groups A and B). We also have several men who are not related to groups A or B in the direct male line, although one is known to carry the Frame surname from his maternal line. We encourage candidates with the Freame, Freme, Fremy, Fremault, Framaux and other variant surnames to join the Project and help determine which families are related.

We also aim to help participants from related families work together to find their shared heritage and help validate or eliminate suspect lines in genealogies. We do this via our private Mailing List set up especially for Project participants, their researcher/sponsor and the administrators for the purpose of discussing DNA test results and genealogy.

DNA testing is not a magic 'fix' to resolve all genealogical brick walls. However, it is a very useful tool and will identify the testers, whatever their surnames, who are our nearest genetic cousins. New discoveries are made frequently. The early Scottish Fram and Frame families, the English Frame, Freame, Freme, Fremault and Fremaux, and the families Fremault, Fremaux etc. from northern France / Flanders share many similarities, especially involvement in the textile industry and other artisan crafts, and all have tales of religious persecution. There is a strong possibility that some will be genetically related. Is your surname Frame, Freame, Freme, Fremault,Fremaux or any close variant? If so, we encourage you to join the Project.


The Frame/Freame/Fremault DNA Project is strictly surname and Y-chromosome based, so females will need to enlist their brother, father, paternal grandfather, cousin or uncle etc. to test as their proxy. Taking the DNA test couldn't be easier - it is a painless cheek swab. We encourage any male of any of the eligible surnames by direct male line descent, or who has a different surname but believes his biological male line is one of the eligible surnames, to participate. If you have any questions or wish to enquire about sponsorship please contact the Admin. [mailto: [email protected] Lynn Frame].

Eligible Surnames

Forme, Fraeme, Frahm, Fraim, Fraime, Fram, Framau, Frame, Framme, Frams, Fraym, Fream, Freame, Freeham, Freem, Freema, Freeme, Frem, Frema, Fremau, Fremault,Fremaut, Fremaux, Freme, Fremeaux, Fremee, Frémy, Fremes, Freumau, Freumaux, Freyme, Friem, Frieme, Frim, Frime, Frimout, Frommé, Frumow, Fryam, Fryme, Vermaut, Vrame, Vreem, Vremault or any reasonable variant.

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