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

The Krantz surname comes from the Old High German "cranz" meaning "garland" or "wreath," and was most likely originally an occupational name for a wreath maker.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kranz, Kranze, Krantz, Kranzler, Kranzlbinder, Kranzberg, Kranzle, Krenzel, Krenzle, Kräntz, Kränzler, Kränzle, Kränzel, Kränzl, Crenzelin, Kranzbuhler, Kranzbühler and many more.

First found in various parts of the Holy Roman Empire. There is a reference from the year 1308 of Berthold Krantz, who was then serving as "Ratsherr" (councilor) in the city of Strassburg. A Johan Crenzelin is on record in 1288 in Worms and a bearer of Krenzelmacherin is on record in Prague in 1403.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krantz research. Another 106 words(8 lines of text) covering the year 1583 is included under the topic Early Krantz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Krantz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Heinrich and Anna Catharine, Krantz and their four children, who were in New York city in 1709
  • Heinrich Krantz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Conrad Krantz, who came to New York city in 1710
  • Conrad Krantz, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Johann Henrich Krantz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710


Krantz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Berthold Krantz, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • H F Krantz, aged 26, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • Carolina Krantz, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1850

Krantz Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernest Sigfrid Krantz, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

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  • Judith Krantz, American novelist and journalist
  • Kermit E Krantz, American physician and inventor
  • Steve Krantz (1923-2007), American film producer and writer
  • Grover Krantz (1931-2002), professor of physical anthropology at Washington State University, Bigfoot researcher


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  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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The Krantz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Krantz 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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