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Origins Available: German, Jewish

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

The Friedman surname evolved from the popular German personal name Friederich.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Freedman, Friedman, Freidman, Fried, Friedemann, Friedland, Fridman, Friedhof and many more.

First found in East Prussia and Silesia. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friedman research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Friedman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friedman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrias Friedman, who settled in New York in 1831
  • Adelheid Friedman, who came to Baltimore in 1834
  • Frederick Friedman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Paulus Friedman, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • John Friedman, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1847

Friedman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • M Friedman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Friedman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Friedman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Soloman Friedman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865


  • Mr. Samuel Friedman (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Jeffrey M. Friedman (b. 1954), American molecular geneticist awarded the Shaw Prize in 2009 and the Lasker Award in 2010
  • Thomas Lauren Friedman (b. 1953), American journalist who has won the Pulitzer Prize three times, twice for International Reporting (1983, 1988) and once for Commentary (2002)
  • Milton Friedman (1912-2006), American economist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jerome Isaac Friedman (b. 1930), American physicist, co-winner of 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for experimental evidence of quarks
  • Herbert Friedman (1916-2000), American astrophysicist and co-winner of the 1986 Wolf Prize in Physics
  • Richard "Kinky" Friedman (b. 1944), American country musician


  • Friedman Family Genealogical Record Booklet by Steven D. Friedman, Friedman-Seidman Family Cha.
  • by Judy Graf Klein.

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

This page was last modified on 18 May 2015 at 08:28.

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