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Origins Available: German-Alt, German

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

The name is derived from the Middle high German word "krol," meaning "curly."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krol, Krolls, Krols, Croll, Krole and others.

First found in Prussia where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kroll research. Another 79 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1609, 1797, 1848 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Kroll History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kroll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kroll Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christoph Kroll, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Christoph Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Peter Kroll who settled in Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Hans Jerg Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Martin Kroll, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751


Kroll Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sam Hinrick Kroll, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Friederica Carol Christ Kroll, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fried Karl Kroll, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Joseph Kroll, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1841


Kroll Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Cecilie Kroll, who landed in California in 1922

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  • Milton P Kroll (b. 1914), prominent American lawyer who was educated at Harvard
  • Fredric Kroll (b. 1945), American composer and writer
  • Leon Kroll (1884-1974), American painter and lithographer, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Ted Kroll (1919-2002), American PGA professional golfer who had 8 PGA Tour wins
  • Jules B. Kroll (b. 1941), American founder and CEO of Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Chairman of K2Global
  • Nicholas J. "Nick" Kroll (b. 1978), American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian, best known for his role as Rodney Ruxin on The League and his Comedy Central program, Kroll Show, son of Jules Kroll
  • William Kroll (1901-1980), American violinist and composer, best known for his composition Banjo and Fiddle for violin and piano
  • Woodrow M. Kroll (b. 1944), American evangelist, principal of the "Back to the Bible" radio ministry
  • Wilhelm Kroll (1869-1939), German philologist
  • Henryk Kroll (b. 1949), Polish politician, former leader of German minority in Poland

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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The Kroll Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kroll 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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