Origins Available: German-Alt
The surname Froelig 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. For example, Otto von Osterreich, the Duke of Austria
in 1331, was nicknamed "der (the) Frohliche."
Early Origins of the Froelig family
The surname Froelig was first found in Hessen, where bearers of this surname were an integral part of the early mediaeval Feudal
System, that would become the basis of European society. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the thirteenth century, when one Hertwicus dictus Vrolich was recorded in Ingelheim, in the region of Hesse, in 1269. There is also record of a Wyckenendus dictus Frolich, who was a blacksmith in Bodenheim, in 1315.
Early History of the Froelig family
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Froelig Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Frolich, Frohlich, Frohlck, Frolking, Fraily, Fraley, Frolick, Froelick, Frolicker, Frohlich, Frohlick, Froelig, Froellich, Froellick, Froehlick and many more.
Early Notables of the Froelig family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Froelig family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Froelig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ludewig Froelig, who served with the British troops during the Revolution, and was on record in New York, NY in 1782
- Ludewig Froelig, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 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)