Kress History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kress family

The surname Kress was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area, included Austria and Hesse. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Kress family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kress research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1530 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Kress History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kress Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kress, Kressberg, Kressel, Kressen, Kresser, Kres and many more.

Early Notables of the Kress family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kress migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kress Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Catherine Kress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Johann Martin Kress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Jacob Kress, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Jurich Philip Kress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Anna Margaretha Kress, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kress Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matth Kress, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Conrad Kress, who arrived at Baltimore in 1831
  • Bernhard Kress, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Marianne Kress, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Michael Kress, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kress Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adam Michall Kress, who arrived in Pike County, Ind in 1900 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kress (post 1700) +

  • Harold Kress (b. 1913), American director, editor, and Academy award winner
  • Carl Kress (1907-1965), American jazz musician
  • Samuel Henry Kress (1863-1955), American philanthropist, founder of the Kress Foundation, which promotes European art and architecture
  • Walter J. Kress, American Republican politician, Chair of Cambria County Republican Party, 1927 [2]
  • Ralph Kress, American Republican politician, Candidate for borough President of Queens, New York, 1969 [2]
  • Grant M. Kress, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Schuyler County, 1935 [2]
  • Charles W. Kress, American Republican politician, Broome County Sheriff; Mayor of Binghamton, New York, 1938-41 [2]
  • Wilhelm Kress (1836-1913), Russian pioneer of aviation and constructor of aircraft


Suggested Readings for the name Kress +

  • 4410 The Descendants [sic] of Johann Nicholaus Heinrich Kress by Bernard W. Cruse.

  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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