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Freitag Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from (respectively) Middle High German vritac and German Freitag ‘Friday’ (Old High German friatag, frijetag, a translation of Late Latin Veneris dies: Freya was the Germanic goddess of love, sometimes considered as equivalent to the Roman Venus). The German name may have denoted someone born on a Friday or who performed some feudal service then. However, Friday was considered unlucky throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages (because it was the day on which Christ was crucified), and it seems more likely that the name was given to a person considered ill-omened. It is found as a byname in this sense in Old High German. This is by far the commonest of the surnames drawn from the days of the week, followed by Sonntag ‘Sunday’, traditionally a day of good omen. Among Jews, it seems to have been one of the names that were distributed at random by government officials.

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

Similar surnames: Freitas, Feig, Freytag, Freiman, Freier, Rettig, Reiter, Reitz

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Freitag Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Freitag. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Freitag Family Origin

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Freitag Family Occupations

What did your Freitag ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Freitag. A less common occupation for the Freitag family was Keeping House. The most common Freitag occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Freitag's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Baker

  • Keeping House


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Freitag Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Freitag. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Freitag census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Freitag. 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 Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Freitag. For the veterans among your Freitag ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Freitag Life Expectancy

What is the average Freitag lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Freitag life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Freitag in 1945 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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