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Fries Name Meaning
ethnic name for someone from Friesland. The name of this region is ancient and of uncertain origin; the most plausible speculation derives it from an Indo-European root prei- ‘to cut’, with reference to the dikes necessary for the cultivation of low-lying land. There is archaeological evidence of the construction of ditches and dams along the southern shores of the North Sea from at least the time of Christ.occupational name for a builder of dams and dikes. The word was used in this sense in various parts of Germany during the Middle Ages, and is probably a transferred use of the ethnic term, dike building being a characteristic occupation of Frieslanders.diminutive of Friedrich.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Fries Families

  • Number of Fries families
     106 - 210
     36 - 105
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fries families
     7 - 12
     3 - 6
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fries families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fries Family Origin

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Fries Immigration Information

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Fries Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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