Creger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Creger surname comes from the Middle High German word "krieger," meaning " warrior," or "soldier;" and as such it was an occupational name for a mercenary soldier. However, some instances of this name are no doubt derived from the Middle High German word "kriege," which means "obstinate" or "cantankerous." In this case, Creger would have originally been a nickname, which in turn became a hereditary surname when surnames first began to be used.

Early Origins of the Creger family

The surname Creger was first found in Silesia, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Johann Criec (Chrieger) who lived around 1260.

Early History of the Creger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creger research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1737, 1701, 1740, 1818, 1743, 1830, 1837, 1683, 1755, 1617, 1681, 1634, 1666, 1649, 1725, 1652 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Creger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Creger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krieger, Kreiger, Krieg, Kriege, Krige, Krig, Crieg, Crieger, Criege, Criegern, Kriegern, Kriegger, Kriegge, Kriegg, Kriegler, Kriegel, Kriegl, Krigler, Kriegk, Kriegker, Kriegke, Kriec, Kriek, Criec, Creger, Chrieger, Chrieg, Criegel, Kriieger and many more.

Early Notables of the Creger family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Creger were Johan Cornelius Krieger (1683-1755), a Danish architect and landscape architect; Captain Marten Kregier (Cregier) (1617-c.1681), German settler of New Amsterdam from Borcken; and Adam Krieger (1634-1666), an organist at the Leipzig and Dresden courts, who is...
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United States Creger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Creger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Creger, who was Naturalzied in New York, NY in 1836
  • Joseph Creger, who was Naturalzied in Illinois in 1859
  • Gertrud Creger, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Helene Creger, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Henry Creger, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Creger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James T. Creger, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Creger (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Odell Creger (1927-1947), American Major League Baseball shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947


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