Show ContentsFriedman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Friedman 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 Friedman is an ornamental name derived from the Yiddish word frid, which means peace.

Friedman Ranking

In the United States, the name Friedman is the 1,027th most popular surname with an estimated 29,844 people with that name. [1]

United States Friedman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friedman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrias Friedman, who settled in New York in 1831
  • Adelheid Friedman, who settled in Baltimore in 1834
  • Frederick Friedman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Paulus Friedman, who arrived in New York in 1846 [2]
  • John Friedman, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Friedman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • M Friedman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [2]

Australia Friedman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Friedman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Friedman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Friedman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Soloman Friedman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Friedman (post 1700) +

  • Milton Friedman (1912-2006), American economist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Budd M. Friedman (1932-2022), born Gerson M. Friedman, an American actor, comedian and founder and original proprietor and MC of the Improvisation Comedy Club
  • John Michael Friedman (1975-2017), American composer and lyricist
  • Greta Zimmer Friedman (1924-2016), Austrian-born American dental assistant who was photographed kissing a sailor on V-J Day 1945 by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • Donald Ernest "Don" Friedman (1935-2016), American jazz pianist
  • William Friedman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1972 [3]
  • William Friedman, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 7th District, 1952 [3]
  • William Friedman, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1943-44; Appointed 1943; Defeated, 1944, 1947 [3]
  • Townsend B. Friedman (1940-1995), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, 1990 [3]
  • Terry Friedman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Member, Rules Committee, 1988 [3]
  • ... (Another 71 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Samuel Friedman, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [4]
Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Rose Friedman (b. 1893), Russian Jewish garment worker who was working at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she died in the fire [5]
  • Miss Sarah Friedman, American worker who was at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she survived the fire [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Friedman +

  • Friedman Family Genealogical Record Booklet by Steven D. Friedman, Friedman-Seidma.
  • Family Chart by Judy Graf Klein.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
  4. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from
  5. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (retrieved on 3rd August 2021.) Retrieved from on Facebook