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Where did the German Krenek family come from? What is the German Krenek family crest and coat of arms? When did the Krenek family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Krenek family history?

The Krenek surname is derived from the Middle High German words "kran," or " kron," meaning "crane;" as a name, Krenek most likely evolved from a nickname, perhaps for a tall, thin crane-like person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krohn, Krohfoth, Kronsbein, Kron, Cron, Krohne, Crohn, Krone Kroene and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krenek research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1618, and 1819 are included under the topic Early Krenek History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 66 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Krenek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernhard Crone, who settled in Quebec in 1778; Benjn Crone, who came to Baltimore in 1828; Francis Kroner, who came to Galveston, TX in 1838; Damien Kroening, who settled in Missouri in 1842.

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  • Ernst Krenek (1901-1990), Austrian composer


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The Krenek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Krenek 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 2010 at 15:36.

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