Freudenthal Coat of Arms / Freudenthal Family Crest
This German and Ashkenazic Jewish surname of FREUDENTHAL was a nickname for a person of a cheerful disposition. The name was originally derived from the German word FREUDE (joy). The name has numerous variant spellings which include VROUDE, VREUDE, FREUDMAN, FREUDIGER, FREUD, FRODE, FREUDENBERGER, FREUDENSTEIN and FREUDENFELS, to name but a few. It was also of the locational group of surname 'of Freiburg' (the mountain place) the name of a small place in Saxony. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Between 1880 and 1914, almost three million Jews left Eastern Europe, representing the most extensive migration in Jewish history since the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century. Most of the emigrants fled from Russia, where pogroms had raged, and where the laws of Czar Alexander III had oppressed Jewish life. Most of the emigrants departed from Hamburg and went to the United States, but some emigrated to Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and South Africa. While the vast majority of the immigrants to America came through Ellis Island from 1907 to 1914 thousands of East European Jews participated in a little known episode in American Jewish history. They migrated through the port of Galveston, Texas and then were routed to towns throughout the Midwest where lodging and jobs awaited them. A notable member of the name was Sigmund FREUD (1856-1939) the Austrian specialist in neurology, founder of psychoanalysis. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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