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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Critzer, Crits, Critser, Creytz and others.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Critser research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1719, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Critser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Critser 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: Christian Creytz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738; Philip Critz, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; David Critz, who settled in North Carolina in 1753.

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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Critser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Critser 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:39.

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