Kris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient surname Kris means "maker of earthenware utensils, potter." It is likely that the progenitor of the name came from a family of potters.

Early Origins of the Kris family

The surname Kris was first found in Switzerland, where the young Kris family was gaining a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It held a family seat in the canton of Friburg. 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.

Early History of the Kris family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kris research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Kris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kris Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kreisler, Krisler, Crysler, Chrysler, Creisler, Krysler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kris family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kris migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrig Kris, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kris (post 1700) +

  • Kris Welham (b. 1987), English rugby league footballer from Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, who plays for the Salford Red Devils
  • Kris McQuade (b. 1952), Australian actress, known for her work on Strictly Ballroom (1992), Ned Kelly (2003) and Better Than Sex (2000)
  • Kris Thackray (b. 1988), English professional footballer who currently plays for Alemannia Aachen
  • Kris Thomas Mangum (b. 1973), American NFL football player, brother of John Mangum, Jr
  • Kris Joseph Renton (b. 1990), Scottish footballer who currently plays as a striker for Newtongrange Star
  • Kris Kamm (b. 1964), American actor, best known for his role in Coach
  • Kris Drever, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter
  • Kris Derrig (1954-1987), American luthier and musician
  • Kris McGaha (b. 1966), American actress, comedian, and program hostess, best known as co-host on MTV's Loveline television show
  • Kris Needs (b. 1954), British journalist and author


  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)


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