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

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

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.


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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.

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

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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


Freitag Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert Freitag, who arrived in Chile in 1914

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  • Meike Freitag (b. 1979), German freestyle swimmer
  • Dr. Burkhard Freitag, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Munich
  • Jacques Freitag (b. 1982), South African high jumper
  • Herta Freitag (1908-2000), Austrian mathematician and lecturer


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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.

This page was last modified on 12 December 2012 at 16:39.

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