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Possible Origin of the name Frisinger and its Variants 

Hans Freisinger of Calgary Alberta Canada but born in Bavaria Germany sent me some interesting information on a likely source for the name Frisinger and its variants.  He feels his ancestors came from Wirtenberg (Also spelled Württemberg or Wurtemberg WNF)   Bavaria Germany (Note, Wirtenberg is not in Bavaria, it is part of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the next state to the west,  Stuttgart is the major city. WNF) and ours may very well have come from the same place.  We know that there are also Frisingers in Switzerland and the Check Republic although they may have immigrated there just as they immigrated to the US.  

It is worth noting that that Wirtenberg was an independent kingdom and the Neckar River which is a tributary to the Rheine flows through it. The Rheine reaches the ocean near Rotterdam.  There is an interesting excerpt from Pennsylvania Germans, A Persistent Minority by William T. Parsons that talks about the Great Migration 1717-1754 for migrants crossing to Philadelphia.  Ludwig immigrated in 1754 and landed in Philadelphia. We also know that the ship he came across on made a stop in Rotterdam. According to Pennsylvania Germans, A Persistent Minority, a major source of immigrants was the Neckar River valley.

Hans reports  the town of Freising (Bavaria) has nothing to do with our names because it got its name when it became a free (frei) town in German.  The last part of our names "inger" comes from anger (in German common land, village green, a meadow or pasture close to a town) which led him to believe our ancestors would have been farmers.  Frie most likely comes from frei(free) which in return brings him to the conclusion our ancestors would have become " free farmers" at some point in time. 

  • A possibly good reference: Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. Excellent account of colonial German migration that divides its attention between the lands left behind in Europe, explaining why the Germans left, and the new world they found in America. It also contains informative tables on colonial immigration in general, as well as German immigration in particular.  Available new or used from Amazon.com.   It is available at some public libraries including the King County Library.
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