Freitag History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Freitag family

The surname Freitag was first found in Westphalia, where the name Freitag emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Meaning "Friday" in German (from the Old High German "frijetag",) the name could have been originally given to one who was born on a Friday, but there is another, more likely possibility. At the time when surnames were first appearing, Friday was considered to be an unlucky day, so the name was most likely given to a person who was known for being very unlucky.

Important Dates for the Freitag family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freitag research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1197 is included under the topic Early Freitag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freitag Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Freitag, Freytag, Friedag, Frieday, Friedag and others.

Early Notables of the Freitag family (pre 1700)

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Freitag migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Freitag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Martin Freitag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johan Martin Freitag, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
Freitag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Freitag, who landed in Iowa in 1836 [1]
  • Friedrich Freitag, who landed in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Theresa Freitag, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Christian Freitag, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • J. I Freitag, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Freitag Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Freitag, who arrived in Chile in 1914 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Freitag (post 1700)

  • William Freitag, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 1st District, 1923 [2]
  • Helen Freitag, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1938 [2]
  • G. C. Freitag, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 7th District, 1929-32, 1939-40 [2]
  • Meike Freitag (b. 1979), German freestyle swimmer
  • Dr. Burkhard Freitag, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Munich
  • Herta Freitag (1908-2000), Austrian mathematician and lecturer
  • Jacques Freitag (b. 1982), South African high jumper

Historic Events for the Freitag family

Bismarck
  • Withold Freitag (1919-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Werner Freitag (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Hermann Freitag (1915-1941), German Mechanikermaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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