Kresge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Kresge family
The surname Kresge was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area, included Austria and Hesse. 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.
Important Dates for the Kresge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kresge research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1530 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Kresge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kresge Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kress, Kressberg, Kressel, Kressen, Kresser, Kres and many more.
Early Notables of the Kresge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kresge family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Catherine Kress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729; Anna Margaretha Kress, who came to Pennsylvania in 1740; Hans Cunroth Kress, his wife Elizia, their daughters Elizabeth, Ferena, and sons Frederich and Henrich, who all came to Georgia in 1741.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kresge (post 1700)
- George Joseph Kresge (b. 1935), American mentalist, better known by his stage name The Amazing Kreskin, popular on North American television in the 1970s
- Geoff Kresge, American songwriter, guitarist and bassist
- Sebastian Spering Kresge (1867-1966), American founder of the S. S. Kresge Company, later renamed the Kmart Corporation in 1977 and The Kresge Foundation, a philanthropic private foundation headquartered in Troy, Michigan
- Clifford Terry Kresge (b. 1968), American professional golfer
- Stanley Sebastian Kresge (1900-1985), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1952 
- Samuel James Kresge, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956 
- E. Gregory Kresge, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1996 
- Karen Kresge (b. 1957), British choreographer
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