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The origins of the Frey surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was referred to as the fry, which literally means free. It has also been suggested that Frey comes from the Middle English word fry, meaning "small person," or "child." In either instance, the origins of the name are as a nickname which referred to characteristics of the first person who used the name.

Frey Early Origins



The surname Frey was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Frey Spelling Variations


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Frey Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Frey has been recorded under many different variations, including Fry, Frye, Free and others.

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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 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 1461, 1426, 1448, 1474, 1609, 1657, 1666, 1748, 1777, 1861, 1780 and 1845 are 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)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Fray (died 1461), an English lawyer who served as Baron of the Exchequer from 1426 and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1448; Walter Frye ( c. died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of...

Another 63 words (4 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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Frey In Ireland


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Frey In Ireland



Some of the Frey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore 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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Citations



  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. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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.

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