Krammer Surname History

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Krammer family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Krammer is an occupational name for a shopkeeper or retail merchandiser. The name Krammer is derived from the German word "kram," which means "tent" or "trading post."

Early Origins of the Krammer family

The surname Krammer was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Krammer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krammer research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1801, 1817, 1705, 1430, 1505, 1764, 1568, 1637 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Krammer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Krammer Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Krammer include Kramer, Kraemer, Kremer, Krammer, Kraemmer, Kraymer, Kraymmer, Cramer, Cremer, Crammer and many more.

Early Notables of the Krammer family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Krammer in this period include Heinrich Kramer (c.1430-1505), German churchman and inquisitor; Ignaz Kramer, known popularly as the "Muenzmeister" (coin-master) of Kremnitz, who was ennobled in 1764 for...
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Krammer migration to the United States

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Krammer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Krammer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Matheas Krammer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • John Peter Krammer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Jacob Henrich Krammer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
Krammer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Blasius Krammer, aged 28, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Maria Krammer, aged 15, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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