Froese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Froese lie in North Germany. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it may be derived from the Old Germanic word "Frisas" or "Frese," and would in this instance refer to a person from Frisia, an ancient province of the Netherlands, or Friesland, an old county in Hanover, now part of Prussia. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old High German word "fro," meaning "glad, joyful;" in this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname on someone with a cheerful disposition.

Early Origins of the Froese family

The surname Froese was first found in the Netherlands, as well as various parts of North Germany, such as Prussia, Pomerania, and Friesland, where the name is thought to have emerged. The young Froese family soon branched into many influential houses, becoming an important part of medieval German society. The earliest known bearer of the name was Henneke Vrese, who was living in Barth, Pomerania in 1357.

Early History of the Froese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Froese research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1796 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Froese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Froese Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Froese, Vrese, Frohse, Frehse and others.

Early Notables of the Froese family (pre 1700)

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United States Froese migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Froese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carnal Froese, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1875 [1]
  • David Froese, aged 3, who landed in New York, NY in 1875 [1]
  • Elit Froese, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1875 [1]
  • Maria Froese, aged 1, who landed in New York, NY in 1875 [1]
  • Abraham Froese, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1876 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Froese migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Froese Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Froese, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Franz Froese, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Froese (post 1700) +

  • Grover Alexander "Moose" Froese (1916-1982), American professional American League Baseball umpire who served from 1952 to 1953
  • Rainer Froese (b. 1950), German senior scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Jerome Froese (b. 1970), German musician, son of Edgar Wilmar Froese
  • Edgar Wilmar Froese (b. 1944), German artist and electronic music performer, known for founding the electronic music group, Tangerine Dream
  • Byron Froese (b. 1991), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Tom Froese (b. 1952), Canadian politician, Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament (1995-1999), son of Jake Froese
  • Jake Froese (1925-2013), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament (1979-1980), Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake (1973-1978)
  • Gayleen Froese (b. 1972), Canadian mystery novelist and singer/songwriter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Jacob M. Froese (1917-2003), Canadian politician, Manitoba Social Credit MLA between 1959 and 1973
  • Robert Glenn Froese (b. 1958), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey goaltender who played from 1979 to 1990


  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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