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Origin: Germanic

Meaning: the name of a flower named after Friedrich Freese, the surname meaning "Frisian" or "a Frisian", itself likely coming from the name of a tribe derived from Old Frisian meaning "curly-haired".

I've also seen it listed as a variant spelling of Fries likely coming from an Indo-European root meaning "to cut", referring to cultivating grass of low-lying lands.

In the language of flowers, freesias apparently symbolize friendship and innocence, trust and faithfulness.