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Where did the German Fricker family come from? When did the Fricker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fricker family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Frick, Fricke, Fricker, Frickel, Frickes, Fricks and others.

First found in Germany, where the name Fricker came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. Like many surnames, the name Fricker is taken from a personal name which was very common at the time. Frick is a shortened form of Frederick, which is composed of the Germanic elements "fred," meaning "peace" and "ric," meaning "power." Like many personal names of the time, it owed its popularity to the fact that there was a saint by that name; Saint Frederick was the Bishop of Utrecht (in modern-day Holland) and worked to end paganism and idolatry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fricker research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fricker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fricker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fricker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Fricker, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

Fricker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Gallus Fricker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Fricker, who landed in America in 1781
  • Johannes Fricker, who landed in America in 1794

Fricker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Fricker, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • C Fricker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Jacob Fricker, who arrived in Ohio in 1869
  • Henry Fricker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Ferdinand Fricker, aged 53, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874


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  • Werner Fricker (1936-2001), German-American soccer halfback who later became president of the United States Soccer Federation
  • Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990), English composer
  • Brenda Fricker (b. 1945), Academy Award-winning Irish actress of theatre, film and television


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