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Where did the German Frickel family come from? What is the German Frickel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Frickel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Frickel family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Frick, Fricke, Fricker, Frickel, Frickes, Fricks and others.

First found in Germany, where the name Frickel came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. Like many surnames, the name Frickel is taken from a personal name which was very common at the time. Frick is a shortened form of Frederick, which is composed of the Germanic elements "fred," meaning "peace" and "ric," meaning "power." Like many personal names of the time, it owed its popularity to the fact that there was a saint by that name; Saint Frederick was the Bishop of Utrecht (in modern-day Holland) and worked to end paganism and idolatry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frickel research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frickel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Frickel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Conrad Frick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 and Johann Fricke, who settled on Long Island in 1781.

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  • Scott Frickel, American Associate Professor of Sociology and the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society at Brown University
  • Thomas Frickel (b. 1954), German award winning director, writer and editor
  • Eva Frickel, English researcher at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research


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  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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The Frickel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frickel 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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