Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 17 February , 2004 at 19:57:50:
In Reply to: I have that crest! posted by Alex Frew on 08 February , 2004 at 02:56:33:
Thanks for your post. You are the first FREW to post here I think.
There have been several previous messages here about the family crest you mention. I have also seen it used on the Frewing website at http://www.vianet.net.au/~frewing/ and there has been some discussion about it on this message board, primarily in this thread
As far as Frew's are concerned, whenever I have found a Frew in census's and parish records, I have transcribed it onto our database, but I have found very few Frew's (phew!) during my research, less than 100 so far.
This might be because the majority of Frew's I have found so far seem to be from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, whereas the majority of Frewin's/Frewen's and Fruin's etc are found in the south of England.
It is interesting that you mention Scotland as a possible source for your surname as this theory has been put forward by several different people here quite independently, particularly in relation to the famous battle of Glen Fruin.
There is still some dispute over whether this story has any validity. I have pointed out before, for example, that the Fruin surname was in use in England long before the battle of Glen Fruin. Having said that, having now heard virtually this same story from several different sources I am beginning to wonder whther there may be something to it. Perhaps it might be the origin
of one or more current lines of Fruin's or Frewin's?
Do you have any knowledge of your family history prior to 1900 incidentally?
My name is Alex Frew, I was interested in my family crest so my father gave me a picture of what it looks like and it is the exact same description as yours. I have been wondering what "mutare non est meum" means. I have searched on the internet for a while now and have found no answer. I came across your site and was intrigued by the possibility that are names are two of one kind or have changed somewhere along the lines. My father told me our crest was from scotland because that is where the "Frew" name is from. If you know what the phrase means it would mean a lot if you could inform me of it. Thanks
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