Fry Name Meaning

English (chiefly south and southwestern England): variant of Free, from the Old English byform frig. English: nickname for a small person, from Middle English fry ‘small person’, ‘child’, ‘offspring’ (Old Norse frjó ‘seed’). Americanized spelling of German Frei, Frey.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Fay, Frye, Pry, Fey, Ury, Bay, Day, Foy, Fray, Ary

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Fry Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fry name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fry. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Fry Family Origin

Where is the Fry family from?

Fry Family Occupations

What did your Fry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Fry occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Fry's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fry. A less common occupation for the Fry family was Clerk.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Clerk


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Fry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 470,000 census records available for the last name Fry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Fry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 60,000 military records available for the last name Fry. For the veterans among your Fry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fry Life Expectancy

What is the average Fry lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Fry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Fry in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fry ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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