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Multiple Origins for the Surname Frey


German


The Frey surname comes from the Middle High German word "vri," meaning "free," and as a name, it referred to a free man, as opposed to a bondsman or serf in the feudal system.

Frey Early Origins



The surname Frey was first found in Bavaria, where the name Frey came from humble beginnings but eventually gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's medieval society. The family later became more prominent as many branches of the family acquired distant estates which elevated in turn their social status.

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Frey Spelling Variations


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Frey Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Frey include Frey, Freye, Frei, Freie, Frie, Fraie, Vrey, Vreye, Vrei, Vreie and many more.

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Frey Early History


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Frey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frey research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1855 is included under the topic Early Frey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frey or a variant listed above:

Frey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Frey, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Humphry Frey, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • Elis Frey, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Henry Frey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • Catharine Frey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1687

Frey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Barbara Frey, who arrived in New York City with her two children in 1709
  • Anna Barbara Frey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Henrich Frey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Heinrich Frey, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Tobias Frey, who arrived in America in 1727
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Frey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Mrs. Frey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Mathias Frey, who landed in Maryland in 1825
  • Louis Frey, who arrived in Ohio in 1828
  • Johann August Frey, aged 35, arrived in America in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Capt. Bernard Frey U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Ranger, married with 3 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frey (post 1700)



  • Glenn Frey (1948-2016), American founding member of the rock group the Eagles; he won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards
  • Perry A. Frey (b. 1935), American biochemist elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998
  • Charles Frey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Carol L. Frey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 5th Senatorial District, 1961
  • Alexander J. Frey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860; Postmaster at York, Pennsylvania, 1861-65
  • Alexander Frey, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1878
  • A. B. Frey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1940
  • Cyrus J. Frey, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Great Bend, Kansas, 1877-78
  • David Frey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 25th District, 1980
  • Edward R. Frey, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, 1918-32; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1956, 1960, 1964
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Frey


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Suggested Readings for the name Frey



  • Frey/Frei Family History by Dottie Shimonek Schiefelbein.

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Frey Family Crest Products


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Frey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frey 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.

This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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