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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Frick, Fricke, Fricker, Frickel, Frickes, Fricks and others.

First found in Germany, where the name Frick came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. Like many surnames, the name Frick is taken from a personal name which was very common at the time. Frick is a shortened form of Frederick, which is composed of the Germanic elements "fred," meaning "peace" and "ric," meaning "power." Like many personal names of the time, it owed its popularity to the fact that there was a saint by that name; Saint Frederick was the Bishop of Utrecht (in modern-day Holland) and worked to end paganism and idolatry.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frick research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Frick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Gertrom Frick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Frick, who arrived in America in 1739
  • Caspar Frick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Conrad Frick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739

Frick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Frick, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • John D Frick, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
  • Julius Frick, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Klausina Frick, aged 11, landed in New York in 1848
  • Poster S Frick, aged 39, landed in New York in 1848


  • Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), American industrialist, founded the H. C. Frick & Company, Chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, eponym and benefactor of the Frick Collection, an art museum in New York
  • Childs Frick (1883-1965), American vertebrate paleontologist
  • Ford Christopher Frick (1894-1978), American sportswriter, President of the National League (1934 to 1951), 3rd Commissioner of Major League Baseball (1951 to 1965)
  • Stephen Nathaniel Frick (b. 1964), American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, in total he has over 565 hours in space
  • Henry Clay Frick II (1919-2007), American physician and professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, grandson of Henry Clay Frick
  • Childs Frick (1883-1965), American vertebrate paleontologist, son of Henry Clay Frick
  • Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984), American philanthropist, daughter of Henry Clay Frick
  • Gottlob Frick (1906-1994), German opera bass siniger
  • Alexander Frick (1910-1991), Regierungschef of Liechtenstein from 1945-1962
  • Ebbe Frick, Swedish gold and two-time silver medalist sprint canoer in the 1950s


  • Our Frick Ancestors in the United States and Allied Families by Bernice Frick Clark.

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The Frick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frick 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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