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Freilich Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with a cheerful disposition, from Middle High German vrilich ‘open’, Yiddish freylekh ‘happy’, ‘cheerful’. In modern German, the word freilich has become specialized as an adverb meaning ‘certainly’, but the surname is most probably from the older adjectival sense. As a Jewish surname it can also be ornamental. In America there has been some confusion with Froehlich.

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


Similar surnames: Redlich, Froehlich, Frelich, Heimlich, Greulich, Freiling, Fenrich

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Where is the Freilich family from?

You can see how Freilich families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Freilich family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Freilich families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Freilich family living in Michigan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Freilich's in the USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Freilich families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Freilich surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Freilich ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Freilich. 19% of Freilich men worked as a Salesman and 40% of Freilich women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Freilich were Operator and Typist.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    19%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Proprietor
    11%
  • Operator
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    40%
  • Saleswoman
    20%
  • Housewife
    20%
  • Typist
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Freilich. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 386 military records available for the last name Freilich. For the veterans among your Freilich ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Freilich lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Freilich life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1986, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Freilich in 1960 was 66, and 72 in 2004.

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