Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel was the fifth son of Johann Jakob Fröbel, the Lutheran pastor of Oberweißbach in Thuringia. His grandfather, Johannes Fröbel was the gamekeeper/forester for the Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in Neuhaus am Rennsteig.
"Friedrich Fröbel his relatives and ancestors" was published by Dr Johannes Pruefer in 1914 in the June and July issues of "Kindergarten". Hilmar Fröbel, a great nephew of Friedrich established a direct line of ancestors to Caspar Fröbel (1564 - 1640).
Caspar Fröbel 1564 - 1640
Nikolaus Fröbel 1604 - 1695
Michael Fröbel 1652 - 1720
Johannes Fröbel 1687 - 1738
Johann Jakob Fröbel 1730 - 1802
Friedrich Fröbel 1782 - 1852
Hilmar considered that the family had migrated to Thuringia from Silesia and speculated that the family name may be derived from a town called Fröbeln. "vrba" is the name of the willow tree and is part of many place names in Silesia, Bohemia and Thuringia.
These links are to pages within the Fröbel genealogy at Winfried Müller's excellent site on Friedrich Fröbel
Recent research by Johannes Froebel-Parker has identified a Johannes Fröbel, who was a sculptor of religious themes in Silesia during the sixteenth century. Johannes is confident that the family name derives from "vrba" which means a weeping willow and that the Froebel family migrated from Silesia between 1540 and 1564.
Kindergarten - Fröbel blocks - Fröbel gifts
influence on Alfred Adler - Frank Lloyd Wright
Friedrich Fröbel quotes - ancestors - relatives
Baroness von Marenholtz Bülow reminiscences - her life
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