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Origin and Meaning of Frisk

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  • According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Frisk is of Unknown origin and means "Mercy or Determination".
  • A submission from North Dakota, United States says the name Frisk means "Determination" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Frisk
Lively; brisk; frolicsome; frisky.

Etymology: OF. frieque, cf. OHG. frise lively, brisk, fresh, Dan. & Sw. frisk, Icel. friskr. See Fresh (a.)

adjective Frisk
A frolic; a fit of wanton gayety; a gambol: a little playful skip or leap.
verb Frisk
To leap, skip, dance, or gambol, in fronc and gayety.
verb frisk
To search (a person) for concealed weapons or other objects, by patting the clothing to detect objects underneath; as, the police pulled the car over and frisked the occupants.
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  1. The act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs ("he gave the suspect a quick frisk")
  2. Search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets ("The police frisked everyone at the airport")
  3. Play boisterously

From Middle English frisk, from Old French frisque (“lively, jolly, blithe, fine, spruce, gay”), of Germanic origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch frisc (“fresh”) or Old High German frisc (“fresh”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (“fresh”). Cognate with Icelandic frískur (“frisky, fresh”). More at fresh.

Alternative etymology derives frisk from an alteration (due to Old French fresche (“fresh”)) of Old French fricque, frique (“smart, strong, playful, bright”), from Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃 (friks, “greedy, hungry”), from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, *frakaz (“greedy, active”), from Proto-Indo-European *preg- (“greedy, fierce”). Cognate with Middle Dutch vrec (“greedy, avaricious”), German frech (“insolent”), Old English frec (“greedy, eager, bold, daring, dangerous”). More at freak.

  1. A frolic; a fit of wanton gaiety; a gambol: a little playful skip or leap.

frisk was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Saterland Frisian, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Frisk

Per Stefan Anders Frisk is an insurance agent, football referee, insurance, referee (association football), and insuranceagent. Per was born on February 18th, 1963 in Gothenburg.


Viktor was given the name Carl Viktor Andersson Frisk on March 2nd, 1995 in Ålberga.


Niclas was born on February 14th, 1969. Niclas is also known as Frisk and Niclas Patrik.


Johanna Frisk is a soccer player for the Bälinge IF, Umeå IK, Los Angeles Sol, Tyresö FF, and Sweden women's national football team. Johanna was born on March 19th, 1986 in Björklinge.


Andreas Frisk is an athlete for the Vålerenga Ishockey in the GET-ligaen. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Andreas was born on January 5th, 1984 in Solna Municipality.


Emil Frisk was an athlete. Emil was born on October 15th, 1874 in Kalkaska, Michigan. Emil is also known as Frisk and John Emil. He passed away on January 27th, 1922.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Frisk U.S.
  White 93.87% 64.26%
  African American 0.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.01% 16.26%

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People with the last name Frisk are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Frisk

  • How Popular is the name Frisk? As a last name Frisk was the 15,681st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Frisk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Frisk is Wednesday, August 7th, 1912.
  • How unique is the name Frisk? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Frisk. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Frisk: Your name in reverse order is Ksirf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rskif. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Frisk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,861 people with the last name Frisk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frisk? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Frisk as their last name since less than 1 person in 159k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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