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The surname Fresenius is name that may have a few different sources. In some instances it is derived from the name of the region of Friesland, and would refer to someone who came from that region. Friesland is located on the coast of the North Sea, and stretches from the Netherlands in the east to Denmark in the north. In the Swabian-Swiss dialects, the word "friesen" means "to dig ditches," and the name may have derived from the occupation of its original bearer.

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The surname Fresenius was first found in Switzerland, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Friesen, Fries, Friese, Freese, Frees, Freesen, Frehse, Frese, Fresen, Fresenius (Latin), Frieser, Friess, Friesse and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fresenius research. Another 548 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1409, 1578, 1592, 1653, 1702, 1703, 1705, 1752, 1757, 1763, 1783, 1785, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Fresenius History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fresenius Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fresenius Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Miss Marga Fresenius, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Elise Fresenius, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Gretchen Fresenius, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

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  • Georg Fresenius (1808-1866), German botanist
  • Carl Remigius Fresenius (1818-1897), German chemist


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  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Fresenius Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fresenius 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.

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