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Where did the German Freitas family come from? What is the German Freitas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Freitas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Freitas family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Freitag, Freytag, Friedag, Frieday, Friedag and others.
First found in Westphalia, where the name Freitas 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freitas research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1197 is included under the topic Early Freitas History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Freitas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Martin Freitag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 and Johann Georg Freytag, who arrived there 15 years later, in 1766.
- Jesse Lee Freitas (1951-2015), American football quarterback for the San Diego Chargers (1974-1975)
- Chris de Freitas, Associate Professor in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and known as a skeptic of anthropogenic global warming
- Jacintha Freitas, Brazilian actress listed in 1898 in an archive of artists in Brazil
- David de Freitas (b. 1986), Brazilian footballer
- Acelino "Popó" Freitas (b. 1975), Brazilian boxer and a former world junior lightweight and lightweight champion
- Diogo Pinto de Freitas do Amaral (b. 1941), Portuguese politician and law professor
- José Vicente de Freitas (1869-1952), Portuguese military officer and politician
- Sir Geoffrey de Freitas (1913-1982), British politician and diplomat and former President of the Council of Europe
- Duarte Freitas (b. 1966), Portuguese politician and Member of the European Parliament
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
- Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
- Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
- Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
- Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
The Freitas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freitas 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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