The surname Friley belongs to the category of surnames that were derived from nicknames, usually based on a personal or physical characteristic of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name is derived from the Middle High German word "vraelich," which means "happy," or "cheerful." Thus, this surname evolved from a nickname
for a merry and cheerful person.
Early Origins of the Friley family
The surname Friley was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. They held a family seat
at Frolich in Bavaria.
Early History of the Friley family
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Friley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Frolick, Frolich, Froelick, Frolicker, Frohlich, Frohlick, Froelig, Froellich, Froellick, Froehlick and many more.
Early Notables of the Friley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Friley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Friley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Friley, aged 30, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Friley (post 1700)
- Charles Edwin Friley (1887-1958), American academic, 9th President of Iowa State University, son of W.C. Friley
- William Christopher "W.C." Friley (1845-1911), American Southern Baptist clergyman and academic, First President of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas (1892-1894)