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The noble surname Krepps emerged in Pomerania, which is a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania is bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, who were a Slavic tribe. Pommern, which means on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

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The surname Krepps was first found in Pomerania, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Krevet von Rostock (c.1300,) and Erhard zu dem Krebis of Strassburg (1371).

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krebs, Krebbs, Kraebs, Krebbes, Krebz, Crebs, Crebbs, Krevet (medieval form), Crebis, Krebis, Kraew, Krew and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krepps research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1803, 1787, 1690, 1762, 1713, 1780, 1493, 1690, 1762, 1713, 1780, 1755, 1741, 1814, 1804, 1880 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Krepps History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 257 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Krepps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Krepps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Krepps, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joseph Krepps, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847

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  • Solomon G. Krepps (d. 1833), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 19th District, 1830-33
  • James Henry Krepps, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1937


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