Fries History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fries is name that may have a few different sources. In some instances it is derived from the name of the region of Friesland, and would refer to someone who came from that region. Friesland is located on the coast of the North Sea, and stretches from the Netherlands in the east to Denmark in the north. In the Swabian-Swiss dialects, the word "friesen" means "to dig ditches," and the name may have derived from the occupation of its original bearer.

Early Origins of the Fries family

The surname Fries was first found in Switzerland, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.

Early History of the Fries family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fries research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1409, 1578, 1592, 1653, 1702, 1703, 1705, 1752, 1757, 1763, 1783, 1785, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Fries History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fries Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Friesen, Fries, Friese, Freese, Frees, Freesen, Frehse, Frese, Fresen, Fresenius (Latin), Frieser, Friess, Friesse and many more.

Early Notables of the Fries family (pre 1700)

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Fries Ranking

In the United States, the name Fries is the 4,449th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Fries migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fries Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Fries, who arrived in New York in 1664 [2]
Fries Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Melchier Fries, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hans Fries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Samuel Fries, aged 50, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [2]
  • Johan Frantz Fries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Hans Michael Fries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
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Fries Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Fries, who arrived in Brazil in 1827 [2]
  • Antonio Fries, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1839 [2]
  • Marie Eberts Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [2]
  • Peter Joseph Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [2]
  • Johanna Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fries migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fries Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Fries U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fries (post 1700) +

  • Charles William Fries (1928-2021), American film producer, television producer, and executive producer who worked on many TV series, made-for-TV movies, and theatrical films
  • Margaret Fries, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1972 [4]
  • Jack O. Fries, American politician, Mayor of Martinez, California, 1952-56 [4]
  • Henry E. Fries, American politician, Mayor of Salem, North Carolina, 1889-92 [4]
  • Henry Fries, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1948 [4]
  • Henry Fries, American politician, U.S. Consul in Foochow, 1849-50 [4]
  • H. J. Fries, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1836 [4]
  • George Fries (1799-1866), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 17th District, 1845-49; Hamilton County Treasurer, 1860-62; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864 [4]
  • Galen Fries, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 2000 [4]
  • Frank William Fries (1893-1980), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1934-36; U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1937-41; Defeated, 1940 [4]
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  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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