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The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Kramer originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Threinfir," from the words "trean," which means "strong," and "fear" which means "man." This name is often rendered MacTraynor or MacTreanor in English, but the Anglicizations Mac Crainor and MacCreanor are actually more phonetically accurate.


The surname Kramer was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from early times.

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Kramer revealed spelling variations, including Cramer, Creamer, McCramer, McCreamer and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kramer research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1670 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Kramer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Kramer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Kramer:

Kramer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Kramer and Hans Kramer, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania sometime between 1683 and 1709
  • Antonius Kramer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Kramer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Anthoni Kramer, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Jan Kramer, who landed in New York in 1715
  • ...

Kramer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Kramer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Jacob Kramer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Catharin Kramer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Anna Kramer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Heinrich Kramer, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • ...

Kramer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Karl George Kramer, who arrived in Alabama in 1923

  • Major-General Herman Frederick Kramer (1892-1964), American Commanding General 97th Division, Japan (1945-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Hans Kramer (1894-1957), American Theater Engineer US Army, Central Pacific (1943-1944)
  • Stanley Earl Kramer (1913-2001), famous American motion picture director and producer and president of The Stanley Kramer Corp. of Hollywood, best known for his films are "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
  • Clare Elizabeth Kramer (b. 1974), American film and television actress
  • Walter A Kramer (1890-1969), American composer, critic, and publisher. He was the managing director of Galaxy Music Corp. (1936-1956)
  • John Albert "Jack" Kramer (1921-2009), American champion tennis player
  • Dame Leonie Judith Kramer AC DBE (1924-2016), Australian academic, educator and professor
  • Edith Kramer (1916-2014), social realist painter, a follower of psychoanalytic theory and an art therapy pioneer
  • Sven Kramer (b. 1986), Dutch speed skater who won three gold, two sliver, and two bronze Olympic medals at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games
  • Greg Kramer (1961-2013), British-born Canadian author, actor, director, and magician
  • ...

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non dormit qui custodet
Motto Translation: The sentinel sleeps not.


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    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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    The Kramer Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Kramer 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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