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Origins Available: German-Alt, German


The name is derived from the Middle high German word "krol," meaning "curly."

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The surname Kroll was first found in Prussia where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Krol, Krolls, Krols, Croll, Krole and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kroll research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1609, 1797, 1848 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Kroll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent bearers of the family name Kroll during this time period were Oswald Croll or Crollius ( c. 1563-1609) German alchemist, and professor of medicine at the...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kroll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kroll Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Kroll, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Christoph Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Peter Kroll who settled in Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Hans Jerg Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Martin Kroll, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
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Kroll Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sam Hinrick Kroll, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Friederica Carol Christ Kroll, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Kroll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fried Karl Kroll, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Joseph Kroll, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1841
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Kroll Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cecilie Kroll, who landed in California in 1922
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  • John B. Kroll, American politician, Village President of Franklin Park, Illinois, 1931-33
  • Jacob Kroll, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944, 1948
  • Douglas Kroll, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Woodrow M. Kroll (b. 1944), American evangelist, principal of the "Back to the Bible" radio ministry
  • William Kroll (1901-1980), American violinist and composer, best known for his composition Banjo and Fiddle for violin and piano
  • Nicholas J. "Nick" Kroll (b. 1978), American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian, best known for his role as Rodney Ruxin on The League and his Comedy Central program, Kroll Show, son of Jules Kroll
  • Jules B. Kroll (b. 1941), American founder and CEO of Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Chairman of K2Global
  • Ted Kroll (1919-2002), American PGA professional golfer who had 8 PGA Tour wins
  • Leon Kroll (1884-1974), American painter and lithographer, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Milton P Kroll (b. 1914), prominent American lawyer who was educated at Harvard
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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