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

The Kriebel surname comes from the Middle High German word "krieger," meaning " warrior," or "soldier;" and as such it was an occupational name for a mercenary soldier. However, some instances of this name are no doubt derived from the Middle High German word "kriege," which means "obstinate" or "cantankerous." In this case, Kriebel would have originally been a nickname, which in turn became a hereditary surname when surnames first began to be used.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Krieger, Kreiger, Krieg, Kriege, Krige, Krig, Crieg, Crieger, Criege, Criegern, Kriegern, Kriegger, Kriegge, Kriegg, Kriegler, Kriegel, Kriegl, Krigler, Kriegk, Kriegker, Kriegke, Kriec, Kriek, Criec, Creger, Chrieger, Chrieg, Criegel, Kriieger and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Johann Criec (Chrieger) who lived around 1260.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kriebel research. Another 777 words(56 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1737, 1701, 1740, 1818, 1743, 1830, 1837, 1683, 1755, 1617, 1681, 1634, 1666, 1649, 1725, 1652 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Kriebel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kriebel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kriebel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Kriebel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Frantz Kriebel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Kriebel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Frieda Kriebel, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Oscar S. Kriebel, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Ludolf Kriebel, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Theodor Kriebel, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Emma Kriebel, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1894

Kriebel Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Oscar Kriebel, aged 38, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • William J. Kriebel, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Selina Kriebel, aged 19, who landed in America from Sussenbach, Germany, in 1912
  • Edgar Kriebel, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Ungvar, Hungary, in 1912
  • Johannes Kriebel, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922


  • Hermann Kriebel (1876-1941), Lieutenant Colonel and former Bavarian staff officer
  • Karl Kriebel (1888-1961), General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Kriebel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kriebel 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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