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Fraily History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: German-Alt, German

The surname Fraily belongs to the category of surnames that were derived from nicknames, usually based on a personal or physical characteristic of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name is derived from the Middle High German word "vraelich," which means "happy," or "cheerful." Thus, this surname evolved from a nickname for a merry and cheerful person. For example, Otto von Osterreich, the Duke of Austria in 1331, was nicknamed "der (the) Frohliche."

Early Origins of the Fraily family

The surname Fraily was first found in Hessen, where bearers of this surname were an integral part of the early mediaeval Feudal System, that would become the basis of European society. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the thirteenth century, when one Hertwicus dictus Vrolich was recorded in Ingelheim, in the region of Hesse, in 1269. There is also record of a Wyckenendus dictus Frolich, who was a blacksmith in Bodenheim, in 1315.

Early History of the Fraily family

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Fraily Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Frolich, Frohlich, Frohlck, Frolking, Fraily, Fraley, Frolick, Froelick, Frolicker, Frohlich, Frohlick, Froelig, Froellich, Froellick, Froehlick and many more.

Early Notables of the Fraily family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fraily family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fraily Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonard Fraily immigrated to Louisiana in 1756

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