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The distinguished and ancient German surname Kriner is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name is derived from the Middle High German word "krinne," meaning "curled, frizzy"; in this instance, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname on someone with curly hair. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the German word "krinne," meaning "grove" or "watercourse." In this case, the progenitor of the name would have been someone who lived by a watercourse.

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The surname Kriner was first found in Bohemia, where it is believed to have first emerged during the Middle Ages.The young Kriner family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Bohemian society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krinner, Krinne, Kriner, Kryner, Krynner, Krinn and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kriner research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1429, 1678, 1702, 1738, 1770, 1773, 1805, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Kriner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kriner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andreas Kryner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754; as did Valentine Kryner in 1765; Francis Kriner, who arrived in Georgia in 1839; Kiliam Kriner, who applied for naturalization in Ohio in 1848.

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  • Gerald A. Kriner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Harry Luther Kriner (b. 1894), prominent American professor
  • Robert A Kriner, CPA of Gaines Metzler Kriner & Co. accounting firm in Buffalo, New York
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    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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