My Fritsch family line came to the US in the 1850's and after living in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, IL settled in WI. This family could read and write which suggests that they were more than poor farmers, but does not necessarily mean that they were any form of nobility.
According to a few different records my family line came from either: Gossengreen, Bachman, Austria or Germany or somewhere in Prussia.
At least one Fritsch family had a coat of arms. Whether or not my family line is related in any manner to this family is almost impossible to determine. During the course of this research, two coat of arms for Fritsch families were found. I have the copies of the coat of arms saved electronically if you would like to see them.
When you are tracing where your ancestors came from, it is often helpful to look at where most people of a surname currently reside.
According to the New World Book of Fritsches, 12,771 Fritsches live in Germany, with most of them residing in the province of Bayern city of Munchen (followed by Nurnberg and Augsburg) and the province of Nordrhein city of Westfalen (followed by Duisburg and Dusseldorf). There are also several households in Baden/Wurttemberg states in the cities of Stuttgart, Offenburg, and Mannheim.
The estimated number of Fritsch households in Austria today is 3,225 with most of them occurring in Wien or Niederosterreich. In the U.S. most Fritsches live in Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Appleton), followed by Ohio (Cincinnati, Hamilton, Warren) and Pennsylvania (Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia).
I hope this info. helps in your search.
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