Frey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Frey family

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.

Important Dates for the Frey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frey research. Another 54 words (4 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Frey family (pre 1700)

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Frey migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Humphry Frey, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Elis Frey, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Henry Frey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685 [1]
  • Catharine Frey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1687 [1]
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 [1]
  • Henrich Frey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709 [1]
  • Heinrich Frey, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Tobias Frey, who arrived in America in 1727 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Mrs. Frey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Mathias Frey, who landed in Maryland in 1825 [1]
  • Louis Frey, who arrived in Ohio in 1828 [1]
  • Johann August Frey, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frey (post 1700)

  • Louis Frey Jr. (1934-2019), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Florida, 1969-79; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972 [3]
  • Mary Anne Bassett Frey (1934-2019), American chief scientist for the NASA Neurolab Spacelab module mission (STS-90) who researched the impact of gravity on astronauts
  • 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
  • James N. Frey (b. 1943), American writer and creative writing teacher
  • Alexander Frey (b. 1972), American conductor
  • Darcy Frey, American writer
  • Cyrus J. Frey, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Great Bend, Kansas, 1877-78 [3]
  • Charles Frey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932 [3]
  • Carol L. Frey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 5th Senatorial District, 1961 [3]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Frey family

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  • Robert Frey (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Heinz Frey (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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