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The Crites surname has several possible origins. The "Kreitz" variation of this surname was inspired by the town of Kreitz, which lies near the city of Neuss in northwestern Germany. This type of surname generally arose when an individual moved from one settlement to another, and was then referred to by the name of his place of origin. "Kreitz" may also have been derived from the German word "kreuz," denoting a "cross." The first bearers of the surname might have worked a field or plot of land shaped like a cross, or lived near a prominent cross that served either as a religious symbol or as a boundary-marker (crosses were commonly used for this purpose in the medieval period). It is also thought that the surnames "Kreuz" and "Kreitz" may have come from a sobriquet referring to someone who had served under the banner of the Cross in a Crusade.
The surname Crites was first found in the region of the North Rhine- Westphalia, where members of the Crites family were no doubt integral parts of the Feudal System that became the backbone of early European society.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kreitz, Kreuz, Kruetz, Kreutzer and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crites research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Crites History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crites Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Crites Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Crites Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Crites Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Crites Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crites Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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