Krieger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Krieger surname comes from the Middle High German word "krieger," meaning " warrior," or "soldier;" and as such it was an occupational name for a mercenary soldier. However, some instances of this name are no doubt derived from the Middle High German word "kriege," which means "obstinate" or "cantankerous." In this case, Krieger would have originally been a nickname, which in turn became a hereditary surname when surnames first began to be used.

Early Origins of the Krieger family

The surname Krieger was first found in Silesia, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Johann Criec (Chrieger) who lived around 1260.

Early History of the Krieger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Krieger research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1737, 1701, 1740, 1818, 1743, 1830, 1837, 1683, 1755, 1617, 1681, 1634, 1666, 1649, 1725, 1652 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Krieger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Krieger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krieger, Kreiger, Krieg, Kriege, Krige, Krig, Crieg, Crieger, Criege, Criegern, Kriegern, Kriegger, Kriegge, Kriegg, Kriegler, Kriegel, Kriegl, Krigler, Kriegk, Kriegker, Kriegke, Kriec, Kriek, Criec, Creger, Chrieger, Chrieg, Criegel, Kriieger and many more.

Early Notables of the Krieger family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Krieger were Johan Cornelius Krieger (1683-1755), a Danish architect and landscape architect; Captain Marten Kregier (Cregier) (1617-c.1681), German settler of New Amsterdam from Borcken; and Adam Krieger (1634-1666), an organist at the Leipzig and Dresden courts, who is...
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United States Krieger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Krieger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Franz Krieger, who landed in New York City in 1660
Krieger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelm Krieger, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • John Lawrence Krieger, who arrived in America in 1715 [1]
  • Anna Margaretha Krieger, who to America in 1725
  • Caspar Krieger, who landed in America in 1730 [1]
  • Georg Krieger, who landed in America in 1740 [1]
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Krieger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jak Heinr Krieger, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Georg Karl Krieger, who arrived in Brazil in 1828 [1]
  • John P Krieger, aged 21, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Louise Krieger, aged 23, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • Maria Krieger, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Krieger (post 1700) +

  • Byron Lester Krieger (1920-2015), American three-time gold medalist foil, sabre and épée fencer
  • Alexandra Blaire "Ali" Krieger (b. 1984), American soccer player
  • Robby Krieger (b. 1946), American rock and roll guitarist, who played with "The Doors"
  • Murray Krieger (1923-2000), American literary critic, recipient of the the Humboldt Prize (1985), and the UCI Medal (1990)
  • Henry Krieger (b. 1945), American Grammy Award winning, Academy Award, Goledn Globe, two-time Tony Award and BAFTA Award nominated composer
  • William Krieger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1916 [2]
  • Seymour Krieger, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1990 [2]
  • Julius J. Krieger Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Berrien County 1st District, 1933 [2]
  • Henry Krieger, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington, 1910, 1912 [2]
  • Edward L. Krieger, American politician, Mayor of Newport, Ky., 1908-12 [2]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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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