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The surname Freitas was 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.

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 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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.

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  • Jesse Lee Freitas (1951-2015), American football quarterback for the San Diego Chargers (1974-1975)
  • Marjorie R. Freitas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate), 1964
  • Henry Freitas, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1932
  • Donald P. Freitas, American politician, Mayor of Antioch, California, 2000-08; Defeated, 2008
  • 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
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    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. 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).
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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