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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.

Fries Early Origins



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.

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Fries Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fries Early History


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Fries Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fries research. Another 548 words (39 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.

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Fries Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fries Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fries 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



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

Fries Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Melchier Fries, arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hans Fries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Samuel Fries, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Frantz Fries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Hans Michael Fries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fries Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Fries, who arrived in Brazil in 1827
  • Antonio Fries, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1839
  • Marie Eberts Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Peter Joseph Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Johanna Fries, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fries Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Fries U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fries (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fries (post 1700)



  • Stuart Gilbert Fries (1913-2004), American commander of the 747th Tank Battalion during the storming of Normandy in 1944. He was later the lead engineer for systems engineering for the Saturn-Apollo spacecraft and was decorated with the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the Croix de Guerre with Palm (France)
  • Henry E. Fries, American politician, Mayor of Salem, North Carolina, 1889-92
  • Henry Fries, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1948
  • Henry Fries, American politician, U.S. Consul in Foochow, 1849-50
  • H. J. Fries, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1836
  • George Fries (1799-1866), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 17th District, 1845-49; Hamilton County Treasurer, 1860-62; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864
  • Galen Fries, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 2000
  • Frank William Fries (1893-1980), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1934-36; U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1937-41; Defeated, 1940
  • Francis Fries, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Forsyth County, 1858-59
  • Darrell E. Fries, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1972
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Fries Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fries 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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