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The name Krafft is derived from the Old German word "craft," which means "strong" or "courageous." In the early Middle Ages, Krafft was a popular first name among knights because it referred to strength. In the early 14th century, a number of branches in southern Germany adopted Kraft or Craft as a family name.

Krafft Early Origins



The surname Krafft was first found in Bavaria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation. In the early Middle Ages, the name was a popular first name taken on by knights. In the early 14th century, a number of branches in southern Germany developed around Kraft or Craft as a family name. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include the famous minstrel Count Kraft von Toggenburg from the Thurgau region, and Hans Kraft of Wuerzburg (c.1409).

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Krafft Spelling Variations


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Krafft Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Krafft include Kraft, Krafft, Kraftt, Krafte, Kraffte, Krafter, Kraften, Kraefte, Kraeft, Kreft, Krefte, Craft, Crafft, Crafte, Craffte, Craeft and many more.

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Krafft Early History


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Krafft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krafft research. Another 384 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1429, 1507, 1552, 1679, 1749, 1770, 1778, 1805, 1813, 1820, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Krafft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Krafft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Krafft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Krafft in this period include Adam Krafft (Kraft) (1429-1507), who was a famous Nuremberg sculptor. Some of his work is in the vestry of St. Lawrence cathedral, Nuremberg. Anton Kraft (1749-1820) was a composer and...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Krafft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Krafft surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Krafft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gerlach Krafft, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Andreas Krafft landed in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Andries Krafft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Fredrk Krafft, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johan Friederich Krafft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Krafft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Krafft, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1818
  • George Krafft, who landed in New York, NY in 1825
  • Theadore Krafft, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Theodore I Krafft, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1838
  • William Krafft, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Krafft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Franz Krafft came to Canada with the United Empire Loyalists in 1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Krafft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Krafft (post 1700)



  • Laura Krafft, American comedic writer and actress, best known for her work with Second City and as a former staff writer for The Colbert Report
  • Wolfgang Ludwig Krafft (1743-1814), German astronomer and physicist, namesake of the lunar crater Krafft
  • Johann Peter Krafft (1780-1856), German painter
  • Friedrich Krafft (1852-1923), German chemist
  • Karl Ernst Krafft (1900-1945), Swiss astrologer
  • Hugues Krafft (1853-1935), French photographer
  • Barbara Krafft (1764-1825), Austrian painter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    11. ...

    The Krafft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Krafft 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 22 October 2016 at 14:10.

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