Freye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Freye 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 Freye family

The surname Freye 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 Freye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freye research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1855 is included under the topic Early Freye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freye Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Freye include Frey, Freye, Frei, Freie, Frie, Fraie, Vrey, Vreye, Vrei, Vreie and many more.

Early Notables of the Freye family (pre 1700)

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Freye migration to the United States

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Freye surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Freye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernh Heinr Freye, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • Gerh Heinr Freye, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • A Freye, who arrived in America in 1836 [1]
  • Joh Bern Freye, who landed in America in 1836 [1]
  • Joh Heinr Freye, who landed in America in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Freye (post 1700)

  • Louis Herbert Freye (1912-1973), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 1st District, 1943-48, 1951; Defeated, 1948; Resigned 1951 [2]
  • Kirstin Freye -Menzler (b. 1975), German professional tennis player

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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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