Freiburger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Freiburger family. The Freiburger surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria, where they grew to prominence and significant social and cultural influence in the early Middle Ages, contributing much to the feudal life of the time. The surname Freiburger derives from the German words, frei, which means free, and berg, which means hill, and is the name of a city in Germany. This surname is therefore a local name, and would have been adopted by someone who came from Freiberg.

Early Origins of the Freiburger family

The surname Freiburger was first found in Bavaria, where since ancient times the Freiberg family had been a prominent contributor to the development of the district's feudal society. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Freiberg became an integral part of the turbulent events of the period and the family therefore formed alliances with other distinguished families.

Early History of the Freiburger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freiburger research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1675 is included under the topic Early Freiburger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freiburger Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Freiburger include Freiberg, Freibergg, Freibberg, Freyberg, Freybberg, Freybergg, Frayberg, Fraybberg, Fraybergg, Freiburg, Freiberger, Freibuerg, Freibuerger, Freiperg, Freiperger, Freyburg, Freyberger, Freyperg, Frayburg, Frayberger, Frayperg, Freyburger and many more.

Early Notables of the Freiburger family (pre 1700)

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United States Freiburger migration to the United States +

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Freiburger or a variant listed above:

Freiburger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hans Jacob Freiburger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Johannes Freiburger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Hans Jacob Freiburger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Georges Freiburger, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
  • Louis Freiburger, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Freiburger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rosalie Freiburger, aged 21, who arrived in America from Gewenheim, in 1902
  • Teophil Freiburger, aged 27, who arrived in America from Pabeaity, in 1904
  • Joseph Freiburger, aged 32, who arrived in America from Mulhausen, in 1907
  • Alois Freiburger, aged 28, who arrived in America from Gewenkeim, Germany, in 1912
  • Frank W. Freiburger, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Freiburger (post 1700) +

  • Vern Donald Freiburger (1923-1990), American Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cleveland Indians in the 1941 season
  • Stephen Mark Freiburger (b. 1983), American filmmaker, known for Dog Days of Summer (2007), Jimmy (2013) and The Dog Days of Summer (2004)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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