Freytag History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Freytag family

The surname Freytag was first found in Westphalia, where the name Freytag emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Meaning "Friday" in German (from the Old High German "frijetag",) the name could have been originally given to one who was born on a Friday, but there is another, more likely possibility. At the time when surnames were first appearing, Friday was considered to be an unlucky day, so the name was most likely given to a person who was known for being very unlucky.

Early History of the Freytag family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freytag research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1197 is included under the topic Early Freytag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freytag Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Freitag, Freytag, Friedag, Frieday, Friedag and others.

Early Notables of the Freytag family (pre 1700)

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United States Freytag migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Freytag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Freytag, who landed in North Carolina in 1738 [1]
  • Wendel Jacob Freytag, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
  • Johann Georg Freytag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
  • Joh Friederich Freytag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • Friederich Freytag, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Freytag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Heinr Freytag, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • Heinr Freytag, aged 30, who landed in New Orlear, La in 1845 [1]
  • Catherina Freytag, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
  • David Freytag, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Freytag (post 1700) +

  • Frank Freytag, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Joseph, Missouri, 1914-23 [2]
  • Gustav Freytag (1816-1895), German novelist
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Freytag (1788-1861), German orientalist
  • Siegfried Freytag, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 102 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • François Xavier Jacob Freytag, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]

Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Freytag (1905-1941), German Korvettenkapitän who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  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
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 5) François Freytag. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.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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