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Where did the German Kroeger family come from? What is the German Kroeger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kroeger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kroeger family history?

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Kroeger arose, is renowned for both its beauty, industry, and economic power. However, in the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krueger, Kruger, Krüger, Krugger, Cruger, Crugger, Crueger, Kruge, Cruge, Kruege, Krug, Krueg, Krugg, Crug, Crueg, Crugg, Krugler, Kruegler, Krugel, Kruegel, Kruegeli, Krugeli and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kroeger research. Another 443 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1580, 1639, 1776 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Kroeger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kroeger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kroeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J F Kroeger, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Johann Kroeger, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Johann Heinrich Kroeger, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870
  • B Kroeger, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870
  • Jno Kroeger, who landed in Arkansas in 1882

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  • Berry Kroeger (1912-1991), American film, television, and stage actor, best known for his many roles as villains, guest starred on seven episodes of Perry Mason
  • Gary Kroeger (b. 1957), American actor, cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985
  • Karl Kroeger (b. 1932), American composer and professor of music
  • Arthur Kroeger CC (1932-2008), Canadian Rhodes Scholar, academic, and civil servant
  • Chad Robert Kroeger (b. 1974), Canadian songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback
  • Henry Kroeger (1917-1987), Canadian politician from Alberta, Minister of Transportation (1979 to 1982)


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  2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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  5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Kroeger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kroeger 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 10 June 2014 at 12:42.

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