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Spelling variations of this family name include:

Frayne, Freyne, Frene, Frenye, Freny, Frenney, Frenny, Frennes, Frenes, Frenye, Frain, Frayn, Fraine, and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor.

Some of the first settlers of this family name, or some of its varients, were recorded in the mid 17th century great migration from Europe.

Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.