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The Kreiger surname comes from the Middle High German word "krieger," meaning " warrior," or "soldier;" and as such it was an occupational name for a mercenary soldier. However, some instances of this name are no doubt derived from the Middle High German word "kriege," which means "obstinate" or "cantankerous." In this case, Kreiger would have originally been a nickname, which in turn became a hereditary surname when surnames first began to be used.

Kreiger Early Origins



The surname Kreiger was first found in Silesia, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Johann Criec (Chrieger) who lived around 1260.

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Kreiger Spelling Variations


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Kreiger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Krieger, Kreiger, Krieg, Kriege, Krige, Krig, Crieg, Crieger, Criege, Criegern, Kriegern, Kriegger, Kriegge, Kriegg, Kriegler, Kriegel, Kriegl, Krigler, Kriegk, Kriegker, Kriegke, Kriec, Kriek, Criec, Creger, Chrieger, Chrieg, Criegel, Kriieger and many more.

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Kreiger Early History


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Kreiger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kreiger research. Another 777 words (56 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1737, 1701, 1740, 1818, 1743, 1830, 1837, 1683, 1755, 1617, 1681, 1634, 1666, 1649, 1725, 1652 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Kreiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kreiger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kreiger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Kreiger were Johan Cornelius Krieger (1683-1755), a Danish architect and landscape architect; Captain Marten Kregier (Cregier) (1617-c.1681), German settler of New Amsterdam from Borcken; and Adam Krieger (1634-1666), an organist at the Leipzig and Dresden courts, who is...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kreiger 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kreiger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Michael Kreiger, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Hans Adam Kreiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Benedict Kreiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johan D. Kreiger, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1798
  • Johan D Kreiger, aged 26, landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1798

Kreiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Kreiger, who landed in Mississippi in 1854
  • H T Kreiger, who landed in Mississippi in 1856

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Suggested Readings for the name Kreiger


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Suggested Readings for the name Kreiger



  • Notes on the Two Kreiger Families of Wythe County, Virginia by Clifford R. Canfield.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    11. ...

    The Kreiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kreiger 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 2013 at 14:58.

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