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

The name Fried is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Numerous Jewish surnames are ornamental surnames, which are names that have an ornamental value and are not necessarily related to the localities, occupations, nicknames or given names of the first person who used the name. However, ornamental names were often derived from elements that described locations or features of geography, animals and birds, occupations or personal names. The Ashkenazic Jewish name Fried is an ornamental name derived from the Yiddish word frid, which means peace.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fried Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Fried, who landed in America in 1747
  • Margaretha Fried, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Margaretha Loeffler Fried, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Anna Fried, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Jacob Fried, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Fried Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Fried, who arrived in New York in 1815
  • Adolph Fried, aged 28, landed in San Francisco, California in 1869

Fried Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ignatz Fried, who landed in Alabama in 1917

Fried Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Fried, who landed in Canada in 1841

Fried Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Karl Fried, aged 20, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Phillip Fried, aged 18, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902


  • Michael Fried (b. 1939), American Rhodes Scholar, Modernist art critic, and art historian
  • David L. Fried (b. 1933), American scientist, best known for his contributions to optics
  • Charles Fried (b. 1935), prominent conservative American jurist and lawyer
  • Daniel Fried (b. 1952), American Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Alfred Hermann Fried (1864-1921), Austrian Jewish pacifist, publicist, co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1911
  • Erich Fried (1921-1988), Austrian poet known for his political-minded poetry


  • Fried Cousins Club by Fried Cousins Club.

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