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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.

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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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  1. 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).
  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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