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The surname Freitag was first found in Westphalia, where the name Freitag emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Meaning "Friday" in German (from the Old High German "frijetag",) the name could have been originally given to one who was born on a Friday, but there is another, more likely possibility. At the time when surnames were first appearing, Friday was considered to be an unlucky day, so the name was most likely given to a person who was known for being very unlucky.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Freitag, Freytag, Friedag, Frieday, Friedag and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freitag research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1197 is included under the topic Early Freitag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Freitag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Martin Freitag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johan Martin Freitag, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Freitag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jakob Freitag, who landed in Iowa in 1836
  • Friedrich Freitag, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Theresa Freitag, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Christian Freitag, who landed in New York in 1850
  • J. I Freitag, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
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Freitag Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Freitag, who arrived in Chile in 1914
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  • William Freitag, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 1st District, 1923
  • Helen Freitag, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1938
  • G. C. Freitag, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 7th District, 1929-32, 1939-40
  • Meike Freitag (b. 1979), German freestyle swimmer
  • Dr. Burkhard Freitag, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Munich
  • Herta Freitag (1908-2000), Austrian mathematician and lecturer
  • Jacques Freitag (b. 1982), South African high jumper
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    The Freitag Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freitag 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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