Fretwell Family History
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Fretwell Name Meaning
English: habitational name from a minor place in West Yorkshire, where the surname is commonest, probably so called from Old English freht ‘augury’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’. Fritwell in Oxfordshire is of the same derivation, but appears not to have contributed to the surname.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press