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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)
- Jacintha Freitas, Brazilian actress listed in 1898 in an archive of artists in Brazil
- Duarte Freitas (b. 1966), Portuguese politician and Member of the European Parliament
- Sir Geoffrey de Freitas (1913-1982), British politician and diplomat and former President of the Council of Europe
- José Vicente de Freitas (1869-1952), Portuguese military officer and politician
- Diogo Pinto de Freitas do Amaral (b. 1941), Portuguese politician and law professor
- Acelino "Popó" Freitas (b. 1975), Brazilian boxer and a former world junior lightweight and lightweight champion
- David de Freitas (b. 1986), Brazilian footballer
- 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
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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- 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).
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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