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Where did the German Crieger family come from? What is the German Crieger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crieger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crieger family history?

The Crieger 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, Crieger would have originally been a nickname, which in turn became a hereditary surname when surnames first began to be used.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crieger research. Another 777 words(56 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 Crieger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crieger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Franz Krieger, who landed in New York City in 1660; Anna Margaretha Krieger, who to America in 1725; Michael Kreeger, who came to Philadelphia in 1738.

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