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Where did the German Kretschmer family come from? When did the Kretschmer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kretschmer family history?

The German surname Kretschmer is derived from the Old German word "Kretscham," meaning "inn." The name was most likely first borne by an innkeeper.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kartschner, Kartschmer, Kretschmar, Karczmar, Karczmarski, Karczmarek, Kretzschmer, Kretchmann, Kretschmeyer, Kartschmeyer, Kartchmann, Karstener, Creekmore, Kretschmer, Kretzchmar, Cretschemer, Kreczmer and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The earliest recorded bearer was Henczel Kreczmar, who lived in Jitschin in 1363.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kretschmer research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1730, 1793, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Kretschmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kretschmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kretschmer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Karl G Kretschmer, who landed in Missouri in 1849

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  • Marian Kretschmer (b. 1983), German comics artist
  • Flotilla Admiral Otto "Silent Otto" Kretschmer (1912-1998), German U-Boat commander in World War II, from 1939 until being captured in March 1941, he sank 47 ships
  • Paul Kretschmer (1866-1956), German linguist
  • Sven Kretschmer (b. 1970), former German footballer
  • Gero Kretschmer (b. 1985), German tennis player playing on the ATP Challenger Tour
  • Peter Kretschmer (1992-2012), German gold medalist sprint canoer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Jürgen Kretschmer (1947-1970), East German four-time gold medalist slalom canoer in the 1970s
  • Theodor Kretschmer (1901-1986), Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Frank Kretschmer, East German bronze medalist slalom canoer in the late 1970s
  • Albert Kretschmer (1825-1891), German professor, painter, costumes researcher and chairman of Schauspielhaus Berlin

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