Similar to many German family names, the distinguished surname Fresh is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. German patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "-ez." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Fresh is derived from the Old German personal name
Friedrich, which is composed of the elements "fridu" meaning "peace" or "safety", and "rihhi," meaning "powerful."
Early Origins of the Fresh family
The surname Fresh was first found in Saxony
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Fresh family
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Fresh Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Frisch, Frische, Fritsch, Fritsche, Fritschl, Frischi (Switzerland) and many more.
Early Notables of the Fresh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fresh family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fresh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johanna Fresh, aged 22, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)