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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Krap, Krapp, Krapf, Krappf, Kraap, Kraps, Krapps, Krapes, Krappes, Krapfs, Krapfes, Krappfs and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kropf research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1769 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Kropf History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kropf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kropf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Kropf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729

Kropf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A Kropf, aged 16, landed in New York in 1864

Kropf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Kropf, who landed in Canada in 1831

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  • Jeff Kropf, American farmer and former politician, Oregon State Representative (2005-2006), host of a conservative talk radio show named The Jeff Kropf Show


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  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München: 1975. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Kropf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kropf 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.

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