The Kreutz surname has several possible origins. The "Kreitz" variation of this surname was inspired by the town of Kreitz, which lies near the city of Neuss in northwestern Germany. This type of surname generally arose when an individual moved from one settlement to another, and was then referred to by the name of his place of origin. "Kreitz" may also have been derived from the German word "kreuz," denoting a "cross." The first bearers of the surname might have worked a field or plot of land shaped like a cross, or lived near a prominent cross that served either as a religious symbol or as a boundary-marker (crosses were commonly used for this purpose in the medieval period). It is also thought that the surnames "Kreuz" and "Kreitz" may have come from a sobriquet referring to someone who had served under the banner of the Cross in a Crusade.
Early Origins of the Kreutz family
The surname Kreutz was first found in the region of the North Rhine- Westphalia, where members of the Kreutz family were no doubt integral parts of the Feudal System that became the backbone of early European society.
Important Dates for the Kreutz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kreutz research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Kreutz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kreutz (post 1700)
Robert Edward Kreutz (1922-1996), American composer of Roman Catholic liturgical worship music
Olin George Kreutz (b. 1977), American former college and NFL football center
Arthur Kreutz (1906-1991), American composer, best known for his Paul Bunyan Suite and the Dixie Concerto
Heinrich Carl Friedrich Kreutz (1854-1907), German astronomer, known for his study of the orbits of several sungrazing comets, eponym of the Kreutz Sungrazers
Karl Kreutz (1909-1997), German Standartenführer (Colonel) in the Waffen-SS, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Ludivine Kreutz (b. 1973), French professional golfer, winner of the 2003 La Perla Ladies Italian Open
^ 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)
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