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Where did the German Fraley family come from? What is the German Fraley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fraley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fraley family history?

The surname Fraley belongs to the category of surnames that were derived from nicknames, usually based on a personal or physical characteristic of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name is derived from the Middle High German word "vraelich," which means "happy," or "cheerful." Thus, this surname evolved from a nickname for a merry and cheerful person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Frolick, Frolich, Froelick, Frolicker, Frohlich, Frohlick, Froelig, Froellich, Froellick, Froehlick and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. They held a family seat at Frolich in Bavaria.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fraley research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1522, 1821, 1787, 1873, 1706, 1827, 1851, 1650 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Fraley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fraley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fraley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexdr Fraley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Frederick Fraley, who was naturalized in North Carolina in 1766
  • Frederick Fraley, who arrived in North Carolina in 1766
  • John Fraley, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1777
  • John Fraley went to Pennsylvania in 1777

Fraley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Fraley went to Philadelphia in 1804
  • Jeremiah Fraley, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • Thos. Fraley immigrated to New Orleans in 1850
  • Patrick Fraley settled in Fairfield Co. Ohio in 1856
  • Christian Fraley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865

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  • Robert T Fraley, American who received the 1998 National Medal of Technology as part of a team who pioneered achievements in plant biology and agricultural biotechnology, and was Co-President of the agricultural sector
  • Patrick "Pat" Fraley (b. 1949), American voice actor
  • Henry "Hank" F. Fraley (b. 1977), American football offensive lineman
  • Oscar Fraley (1914-1994), American co-author, with Eliot Ness, of the famous American memoir The Untouchables
  • Frederick Fraley (1804-1901), American businessman, politician, and civic leader
  • Bradford Fraley (1878-1942), American Olympic fencer


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The Fraley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fraley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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