When Jacob Frey was born about 1666, in Hermatswil, Pfäffikon, Zürich, Switzerland, his father, Johann Rudolf Frey, was 40 and his mother, Barbara Bamberger, was 29. He married Elsbeth Gubler on 28 June 1698, in Hermatswil, Pfäffikon, Zürich, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Swiss German and German: status name for a free man, as opposed to a bondsman or serf, in the feudal system, from Middle High German vrī ‘free, independent’. This surname is also found in Hungary, Poland, and especially in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Free and Frei .
English: variant of Fray .
History: This surname (see 1 above) is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.