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
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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:
Typical Freitag Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
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 
Freitag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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