Friese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Friese 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 Friese family

The surname Friese 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 Friese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Friese 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 Friese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Friese 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 Friese family (pre 1700)

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United States Friese migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friese Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Friese, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • George F C Friese, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796 [1]
Friese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelm Friese, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • Wilhelmine Friese, aged 48, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Carl Friese, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • August Friese, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Friese (post 1700) +

  • Lillie Friese, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1944 [2]
  • A. J. Friese, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1928 [2]
  • Werner Friese (1946-2016), German footballer
  • Harrison Leonard Friese (b. 1907), prominent city official for Fort Lauderdale

  • Heinz Friese (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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