The distinguished and ancient surname Freter is derived from the Middle High German verb "vretzen," which literally means "to make to eat." The progenitor of this name was likely a servant or a kitchen worker. Alternatively, the name may be related to the Low German "freter," meaning "eater, glutton;" in this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname
on someone with an unusual appetite.
Early Origins of the Freter family
The surname Freter was first found in the Rhineland
, where the name is thought to have emerged. The young Freter family was instrumental during this formative period, playing a major role in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of the medieval society of the Rhineland.
Early History of the Freter family
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Freter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fretz, Fretzer, Freter, Vretz, Vretzer, Vreter and others.
Early Notables of the Freter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ludwig Fretz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753; Jacob Fretz, who was living in New York in 1761; John Fretz, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Wenzel Fretz, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1857.