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Where did the German Crites family come from? What is the German Crites family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crites family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crites family history?

The Crites surname has several possible origins. The "Kreitz" variation of this surname was inspired by the town of Kreitz, which lies near the city of Neuss in northwestern Germany. This type of surname generally arose when an individual moved from one settlement to another, and was then referred to by the name of his place of origin. "Kreitz" may also have been derived from the German word "kreuz," denoting a "cross." The first bearers of the surname might have worked a field or plot of land shaped like a cross, or lived near a prominent cross that served either as a religious symbol or as a boundary-marker (crosses were commonly used for this purpose in the medieval period). It is also thought that the surnames "Kreuz" and "Kreitz" may have come from a sobriquet referring to someone who had served under the banner of the Cross in a Crusade.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kreitz, Kreuz, Kruetz, Kreutzer and others.

First found in the region of the North Rhine- Westphalia, where members of the Crites family were no doubt integral parts of the Feudal System that became the backbone of early European society.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crites research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Crites History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crites Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crites Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Crites who is listed as going to North Carolina in 1753
  • David Crites, who arrived in North Carolina in 1753
  • Devault Crites, who arrived in North Carolina in 1753

Crites Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William F. Crites who went to Philadelphia in 1874
  • David B. Crites who went to Colorado in 1886
  • David B Crites, who landed in Colorado in 1886


  • The Ancestors and Descendants of F. A. Marsh and Ivy Crites by William R. Marsh.
  • John and Elizabeth Crites, Pioneer Family of Wisconsin: Their Ancestors and Descendants, 1753-1977 by Dean G. Crites.

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The Crites Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crites Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 January 2014 at 11:54.

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