Origins Available: German
The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Craymer family. Hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
during the 12th century. Craymer is an occupational
name for a shopkeeper or retail merchandiser. The name Craymer is derived from the German word "kram," which means "tent" or "trading post."
Early Origins of the Craymer family
The surname Craymer 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.
Early History of the Craymer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craymer research.Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1801, 1817, 1705, 1430, 1505, 1764, 1568, 1637 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Craymer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Craymer 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 Craymer include Kramer, Kraemer, Kremer, Krammer, Kraemmer, Kraymer, Kraymmer, Cramer, Cremer, Crammer and many more.
Early Notables of the Craymer family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Craymer 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Craymer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Craymer family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Craymer or a variant listed above:
Craymer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Craymer, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)