Frese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Frese family

The surname Frese was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Frese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frese research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Frese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frese Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Frese family name include Frese, Freese, Freeze, Freze, Friese, Frieze, Phrese, Phreeze, Frees, Freys, Freyze, Freyse, Freece and many more.

Early Notables of the Frese family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frese migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Frese surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Frese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J H Frese, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Joh Hinr Frese, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1843 [1]
  • M Henrica Frese, who landed in America in 1845 [1]
  • F Frese, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • B Heinr Frese, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Frese (post 1700) +

  • Brenda Frese, current women's basketball team head coach at the University of Maryland
  • Dr. Frederick J Frese, psychologist in Akron, who lives in Hudson, Ohio and current Vice President of National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Hans Frese, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 44 aerial victories


  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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