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The German surname Kretz is derived from the Old German word "Kretscham," meaning "inn." The name was most likely first borne by an innkeeper.

Kretz Early Origins



The surname Kretz was first found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. 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. The earliest recorded bearer was Henczel Kreczmar, who lived in Jitschin in 1363.

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Kretz Spelling Variations


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Kretz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kartschner, Kartschmer, Kretschmar, Karczmar, Karczmarski, Karczmarek, Kretzschmer, Kretchmann, Kretschmeyer, Kartschmeyer, Kartchmann, Karstener, Creekmore, Kretschmer, Kretzchmar, Cretschemer, Kreczmer and many more.

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Kretz Early History


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Kretz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kretz research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1730, 1793, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Kretz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kretz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kretz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kretz 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:

Kretz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Kretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • David Kretz, who landed in America in 1781

Kretz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Kretz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Charles Kretz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kretz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kretz (post 1700)



  • Kate Kretz (b. 1963), American artist
  • Joel Kretz (b. 1957), American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (2005-)
  • Ed Kretz Sr (1911-1996), nicknamed Ed "Iron Man" Kretz, American motorcycle racer who competed in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Eric Kretz (b. 1966), American musician and producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Stone Temple Pilots
  • Richard Kretz (1865-1920), Austrian pathologist and professor of pathology at the University of Würzburg
  • Johannes Kretz (b. 1968), Austrian composer and teacher

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Kretz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kretz 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 11 May 2014 at 13:00.

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