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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 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1307, 1312, 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 Walter Frye ( c. died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of the English Parliament and sat as a Commissioner (Judge) during the trial of King Charles I of England; Thomas...

Another 44 words (3 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 31 words (2 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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  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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