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The roots of the distinguished German surname Frehse lie in North Germany. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it may be derived from the Old Germanic word "Frisas" or "Frese," and would in this instance refer to a person from Frisia, an ancient province of the Netherlands, or Friesland, an old county in Hanover, now part of Prussia. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old High German word "fro," meaning "glad, joyful;" in this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname on someone with a cheerful disposition.

Frehse Early Origins



The surname Frehse was first found in the Netherlands, as well as various parts of North Germany, such as Prussia, Pomerania, and Friesland, where the name is thought to have emerged. The young Frehse family soon branched into many influential houses, becoming an important part of medieval German society. The earliest known bearer of the name was Henneke Vrese, who was living in Barth, Pomerania in 1357.

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Frehse Spelling Variations


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Frehse Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Froese, Vrese, Frohse, Frehse and others.

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Frehse Early History


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Frehse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frehse research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1796 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Frehse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frehse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frehse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frehse 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:

Frehse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinr Frehse, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frehse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frehse (post 1700)



  • Heinz Frehse (b. 1916), union secretary and member of the German Bundestag
  • Albin Frehse (b. 1878), famous German virtuoso
  • Martin Frehse (b. 1870), well-known author writing under the pen name "Martin Wagner"

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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    The Frehse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frehse 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 15 October 2014 at 14:48.

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