Friess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Friess 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 Friess family

The surname Friess 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.

Important Dates for the Friess family

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

Friess 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 Friess family (pre 1700)

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Friess migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Friess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Friess, who landed in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johan Wilhelm Friess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Martin Friess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Michael Friess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Johann Jacob Friess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Friess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Friess, who landed in North America in 1835 [1]
  • Georg Daniel Friess, who landed in North America in 1836 [1]
  • Phillipp Friess, who landed in North America in 1838 [1]
  • Joh Bernh Friess, who landed in America in 1849 [1]
  • Henry Friess, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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)
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