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The Frie 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.

Frie Early Origins



The surname Frie 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.

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Frie Spelling Variations


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Frie Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Frie include Frey, Freye, Frei, Freie, Frie, Fraie, Vrey, Vreye, Vrei, Vreie and many more.

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Frie Early History


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Frie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frie research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1855 is included under the topic Early Frie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frie Notables 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Fries to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Frie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Frie, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • John Frie, who settled in New England in 1638

Frie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Ulrich Frie, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Jacob Frie, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739

Frie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Bern Henr Frie, who arrived in America in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frie (post 1700)



  • Forest G. Frie, American politician, Mayor of Brookings, South Dakota, 1964-70
  • Bob Frie, American politician, Mayor of Arvada, Colorado, 1981-89, 1991-99, 2007-

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    11. ...

    The Frie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frie 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.

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2015 at 10:16.

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