Show ContentsFrisch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Similar to many German family names, the distinguished surname Frisch is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Germany were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. German patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "-ez." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Frisch is derived from the Old German personal name Friedrich, which is composed of the elements "fridu" meaning "peace" or "safety", and "rihhi," meaning "powerful."

Early Origins of the Frisch family

The surname Frisch was first found in Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Frisch family

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Frisch Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Frisch, Frische, Fritsch, Fritsche, Fritschl, Frischi (Switzerland) and many more.

Early Notables of the Frisch family (pre 1700)

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Frisch Ranking

In the United States, the name Frisch is the 7,981st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Frisch migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frisch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Frisch, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Johann Gasper Frisch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Frisch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Frisch, who arrived in Iowa in 1887 [2]
  • Peter Frisch, aged 29, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [2]
  • Johann Frisch, aged 23, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [2]
Frisch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jacob Frisch, who landed in New York, NY in 1902 [2]
  • August Frisch, who landed in Wisconsin in 1923 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frisch (post 1700) +

  • Frankie Frisch (1898-1973), American Major League Baseball player
  • David H. Frisch (1918-1991), American physicist
  • David Frisch Jr. (b. 1970), American football player
  • John Frisch (b. 1871), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1917-18; Member of Minnesota State Senate 2nd District, 1923-26 [3]
  • Otto Robert Frisch (1904-1979), Austrian-British physicist who co-designed the first theoretical mechanism for the detonation of an atomic bomb in 1940
  • Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss architect, playwright, and novelist
  • Karl von Frisch (1886-1982), Austrian ethnologist who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973
  • Irene Frisch, Holocaust survivor and author

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Ernest Dudley Frisch (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]

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  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 8) . Retrieved from
  4. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook