The ancient and distinguished German surname Kreidle is derived from "Kreidel," the name of a town near Wohlau, Silesia
. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the German word "kreide," meaning "chalk." In this case, the name Kreidle would have been initially borne by someone who made or sold chalk.
Early Origins of the Kreidle family
The surname Kreidle was first found in Silesia
, where the name is thought to have emerged. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Kreidle was a native of Kreidel who had settled somewhere else. The earliest known bearer of the name was Crydeler, who was living in Breslau in 1400. The young Kreidle family played a crucial role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of mediaeval Silesian society.
Early History of the Kreidle family
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Kreidle Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Kreidle include Kreidler, Kreider, Kreideler, Krider, Kridler and others.
Early Notables of the Kreidle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kreidle family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kreidle or a variant listed above: Jacob Kreider, who immigrated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1712; Michael Krider, who settled in Philadelphia in 1743; as did Georg Martin Kreidler in 1753.