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The surname Cronk was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The Krangheit family were notable merchants who traded with the East and West India Companies. The family later branched to the Province of Utrecht.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krangheid, Krankeide, Krankeit, Krankel, Kranke, Cronkite, Crankite, Crankhite, Cronkhite and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cronk research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cronk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cronk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Cronk, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Saunders Cronk, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Cronk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • L H Cronk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. L H Cronk, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Cronk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Peter Cronk, who landed in Canada in 1834

Cronk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Cronk, aged 26, a agriculturist, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836
  • James Cronk arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1838

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  • Edwin Monroe Cronk (b. 1918), American diplomat, third United States Ambassador to Singapore
  • William F. "Rick" Cronk (b. 1942), American businessman
  • Tim Cronk (b. 1987), professional Canadian football fullback
  • Edward Cronk (b. 1936), British Olympic sprint canoer
  • Mary Cronk MBE (b. 1932), English independent midwife who was awarded her MBE for services to midwifery
  • Kylie Cronk (b. 1984), Australian softball player
  • Toni Maree Cronk (b. 1980), Australian field hockey goalkeeper
  • Chas Cronk, English singer-songwriter and musician
  • Cooper Patrick Cronk (b. 1983), Australian professional rugby league footballer


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  7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Bayerisch Stammenbuch von den alten abgestorbenen Fuerten. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Cronk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cronk 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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