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  • Dutch : habitational name from a place called Frelinghuizen.
  • Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691–c. 1748) was a Dutch Reformed clergyman born at Lingen on the Ems, Germany, near the Dutch border. He accepted a call to the Dutch congregations of the Raritan Valley in NJ (founded 1699) and was influential in the ‘Great Awakening’ in the Middle Colonies.