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The surname Frees is name that may have a few different sources. In some instances it is derived from the name of the region of Friesland, and would refer to someone who came from that region. Friesland is located on the coast of the North Sea, and stretches from the Netherlands in the east to Denmark in the north. In the Swabian-Swiss dialects, the word "friesen" means "to dig ditches," and the name may have derived from the occupation of its original bearer.

Frees Early Origins



The surname Frees was first found in Switzerland, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.

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Frees Spelling Variations


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Frees Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Friesen, Fries, Friese, Freese, Frees, Freesen, Frehse, Frese, Fresen, Fresenius (Latin), Frieser, Friess, Friesse and many more.

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Frees Early History


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Frees Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frees research. Another 548 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1409, 1578, 1592, 1653, 1702, 1703, 1705, 1752, 1757, 1763, 1783, 1785, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Frees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frees Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frees Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frees Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Frees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Simon Frees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jacob Frees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Frederick Frees, who landed in Virginia in 1771
  • Heinrich Frees, who arrived in America in 1783

Frees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herm Heinr Frees, who arrived in America in 1848
  • George Frees, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859
  • Jak Wilh Frees, who arrived in America in 1867

Frees Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Frees U.E., "Frieze" who settled in Matilda [South Dundas], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frees (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frees (post 1700)



  • Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953), American photographer, creator of novelty postcards of photographs of animals in human situations with props and captions, progenitor of the lolcat
  • Solomon Hersh Frees (1920-1986), better known as Paul Frees, an American actor, voice actor, impressionist, comedian and screenwriter,"The Man of a Thousand Voices" was probably best remembered as the voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
  • James R. Frees, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008, 2012
  • Ben M. Frees, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952
  • Wolf Frees (1909-1974), German actor, known for his roles in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962), Dr. Zhivago (1965) and The Saint TV series

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Frees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frees 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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