Kreis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient surname Kreis means "maker of earthenware utensils, potter." It is likely that the progenitor of the name came from a family of potters.

Early Origins of the Kreis family

The surname Kreis was first found in Switzerland, where the young Kreis family was gaining a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It held a family seat in the canton of Friburg. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Kreis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kreis research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Kreis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kreis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kreisler, Krisler, Crysler, Chrysler, Creisler, Krysler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kreis family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kreis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kreis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Kreis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Hans Georg Kreis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Matheis Kreis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
Kreis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelm Kreis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Johann Kreis, who arrived in Brazil in 1825 [1]
  • Johann Andreas Kreis, who landed in North America in 1842 [1]
  • Johann Franz Kreis, who arrived in North America in 1843 [1]
  • Michael Kreis, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kreis (post 1700) +

  • Foster H. Kreis, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Shanghai, 1927-29; Sydney, 1932; Toronto, 1938; Funchal, 1947 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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