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This West Prussian Mennonite family name appeared in both the rural Flemish congregations and in the Frisian congregations of the Vistula delta as well. Evidently in the 19th century, it was sometimes contracted from the family name "van Riesen." It was first mentioned in 1547 at Reichenberg. Fifty-nine families of this name were counted in 1776. Abraham Friesen, a brother of Peter von Riesen, was an elder of the Kleine Gemeinde; Abraham Friesen was a missionary to India; Johann Friesen was an elder of the Kleine Gemeinde; Peter M. Friesen was an outstanding Mennonite historian.

Friesen families came to North America in the migration from Russia in the 1870s and also after World Wars I and II. Most Friesen families settled in Manitoba, where they have been large in number.

Author(s) Gustav Reimer
Date Published 1956

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Reimer, Gustav. "Friesen (Friese, Friessen, Fresen) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 27 Oct 2016.,_Friessen,_Fresen)_family&oldid=87584.

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Reimer, Gustav. (1956). Friesen (Friese, Friessen, Fresen) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 October 2016, from,_Friessen,_Fresen)_family&oldid=87584.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 403. All rights reserved.

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