Origins Available: German-Alt
The surname Frolicker 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 Frolicker family
The surname Frolicker 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 Frolicker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frolicker research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1650 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Frolicker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frolicker 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 Frolicker family (pre 1700)
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frolicker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Frolicker family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Elizabeth who went to New York in 1709; as well as Christian Frolich who went to Philadelphia in 1738. Gottfried Frolich was a mercenary soldier who fought for the British during the American War of Independence
and settled in Quebec, in 1778.