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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Frith
  1. [Geog] A narrow arm of the sea; an estuary; the opening of a river into the sea; as, the Frith of Forth. Also called firth.
  2. A kind of weir for catching fish.(Eng)

Etymology: OE. firth, Icel. fjörðr; akin to Sw. fjärd, Dan. fiord, E. ford. √78. See Ford (n.), and cf. Firth Fiord Fret a frith, Port a harbor

noun Frith
  1. A forest; a woody place.(Obs)
  2. A small field taken out of a common, by inclosing it; an inclosure.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. frith peace, protection, land inclosed for hunting, park, forest, AS. frið peace; akin to frenoð peace, protection, asylum, G. friede peace, Icel. friðr, and from the root of E. free, friend. See Free (a.), and cf. Affray Defray


From Middle English frith, from Old English friþ, friþu (“peace, tranquility, security, refuge”), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (“peace, reconciliation”), from Proto-Indo-European *priHós (“beloved, happy”). Cognate with Dutch vrede (“peace, quiet, tranquility”), German Frieden (“peace, tranquility”), Swedish frid (“peace, serenity”), Icelandic friður (“peace, tranquility”). Related to free.

  1. (rare or archaic) Peace; security.
  2. (obsolete) Sanctuary, asylum.

From Middle English frithien, from Old English friþian (“to give frith to, make peace with, be at peace with, cherish, protect, guard, defend, keep, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *friþōną (“to make peace, secure, protect”), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with Scots frethe, freith (“to set free, liberate”), Danish frede (“to have peace, protect, inclose, fence in”), Swedish freda (“to cover, protect, quiet, inclose, fence in”), Icelandic friða (“to make peace, preserve”).

From Middle English frith, firth (“forest, game preserve”), from Old English fyrhþe, Old English fyrhþ (“forest, sparse woodland, game preserve”), from Proto-Germanic *furhiþą, *furhiþō (“fir-wood, forest”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷu- (“coniferous forest, mountain forest, wooded height”). Cognate with Old High German forst, foreht (“forest”), Old Norse fýri (“pine-wood, coniferous forest”), Old English fyrh (“fir, pine”), Latin quercus (“oak”). More at forest.

  1. a wood, woodland, forest; undergrowth, brushwood

See firth.

  1. Alternative form of firth
  2. (Britain) A kind of weir for catching fish.

    frith was also found in the following language(s): Old Danish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh

    Notable Persons Named Frith

    Frith Banbury was an actor and stage director. He was most active from 1933 to 2000. Frith was given the name Frederick Harold Frith Banbury on May 4th, 1912 in Plymouth. He breathed his last breath on May 14th, 2008.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Frith

    Fred Frith is an experimental rock, experimental music, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music musician, composer, and professor. He has had major accomplishments since 1968. Fred was given the name Jeremy Webster Frith on February 17th, 1949 in Heathfield, Sussex, England.


    Heather Nova is an alternative rock singer-songwriter. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 1990 to present. Heather was given the name Heather Allison Frith on July 6th, 1967 in Bermuda.


    Mishka is a reggae musician. They were most active from 1997 to present. Mishka was given the name Alexander Mishka Frith in 1974 in Bermuda.


    Uta was given the name Uta Aurnhammer on May 25th, 1941 in Rockenhausen.


    Mary Frith is a pickpocket, fence, pickpocketing, and fence (criminal). Mary is also known as Moll Cutpurse, Mal Cutpurse, and Tom Faconer.


    Chris Frith is a scientist. Chris was given the name Christopher Donald Frith on March 16th, 1942.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Frith U.S.
      White 78.22% 64.26%
      African American 15.82% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Frith

    • How Popular is the name Frith? As a last name Frith was the 9,068th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Frith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Frith is Friday, February 9th, 1894.
    • How unique is the name Frith? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Frith. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Frith: Your name in reverse order is Htirf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ifrth. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Frith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,604 people with the last name Frith.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Frith as their last name.

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