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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krangheid, Krankeide, Krankeit, Krankel, Kranke, Cronkite, Crankite, Crankhite, Cronkhite and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The Krangheit family were notable merchants who traded with the East and West India Companies. The family later branched to the Province of Utrecht.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cronk research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cronk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cronk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cronk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Cronk, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Saunders Cronk, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Cronk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • L H Cronk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. L H Cronk, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • William F. "Rick" Cronk (b. 1942), American businessman
  • Edwin Monroe Cronk (b. 1918), American diplomat, third United States Ambassador to Singapore
  • Cooper Patrick Cronk (b. 1983), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Chas Cronk, English singer-songwriter and musician
  • Toni Maree Cronk (b. 1980), Australian field hockey goalkeeper
  • Kylie Cronk (b. 1984), Australian softball player
  • Mary Cronk MBE (b. 1932), English independent midwife who was awarded her MBE for services to midwifery
  • Edward Cronk (b. 1936), British Olympic sprint canoer
  • Tim Cronk (b. 1987), professional Canadian football fullback


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Jameson, John Franklin. Narratives of New Netherland 1609-1664. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Grattan, Thomas Colley. Holdan The History of the Netherlands. Charleston, SC: Biblio Bazaar LLC, 2007. Print.
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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The Cronk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cronk 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.

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