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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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You can see how Freitag families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Freitag family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Freitag families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Freitag family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Freitag's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Freitag families in 1840.
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What did your Freitag ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Freitag. 21% of Freitag men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Freitag women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Freitag were Clerk and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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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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