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

The origin of the proud surname Kraus can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which today encompasses the Czech republic. The name is derived from the Upper German word "Kraus," meaning "curly."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krauss, Krausse, Kraus, Krause, Krausser, Krauser, Crauss, Crausse, Craus and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kraus research. Another 367 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1792, 1792, 1861, 1855, 1671, 1787, 1816, 1655, 1719, 1737, 1806, 1756, 1792, 1781 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Kraus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kraus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kraus Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Michael Kraus and John Georg Kraus, both of whom emigrated to America in 1709
  • Johannes Kraus, who came to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Wilhelm Kraus came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Christoper Kraus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hans Joerg Kraus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749


Kraus Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wolf Kraus, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Andrew Kraus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Arnold Kraus, aged 52, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Lorenz Kraus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Jacob Kraus, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851


Kraus Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John Kraus, who landed in Alabama in 1921

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  • Private First Class Richard Edward Kraus, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Major-General Walter Francis Kraus (1894-1977), American Chief of Staff, Army Air Force Flying Training Command (1945-1946)
  • Andreas Kraus (b. 1922), German historian who was awarded the Bavarian Verdienstorden in 1983
  • Karl Kraus (1874-1936), one of the great satirists of the 20th century
  • Lili Kraus (b. 1905), Hungarian-born pianist, was the first to record all of Mozart's sonatas and perform all his concertos
  • Otabar Kraus (1909-1980), Czech-born baritone


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  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Kraus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kraus 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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