Kruger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Kruger 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.

Early Origins of the Kruger family

The surname Kruger was 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.

Important Dates for the Kruger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kruger research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1580, 1639, 1598, 1662, 1776 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Kruger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kruger Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Kruger family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Kruger at this time were Peter Krüger or Peter Crüger (1580-1639), German mathematician, astronomer and polymath; Johann Crüger (1598-1662), a German composer of well-known hymns; Bartholomaeus Krueger, a 16th century...
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Kruger migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kruger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Franz Kruger, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660 [1]
  • Walburg DeSille Kruger, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660 [1]
Kruger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Caston Kruger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Caspar Kruger, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1759 [1]
  • Vasper Kruger, who settled in Maryland in 1761
  • Peter Kruger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
  • Johan Wilhelm Kruger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kruger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernhd Kruger, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Bernhard Kruger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1809
  • Aloys Kruger, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • August Kruger, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • Cath Sophie Kruger, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
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Kruger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andreas Kruger, who arrived in Alabama in 1913 [1]

Kruger migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kruger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • August Kruger, aged 29, who arrived in Quebec in 1868
  • Heinrich Kruger, aged 19, who landed in Quebec in 1868

Kruger migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kruger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Christian Kruger, aged 50, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]
  • Godlive Kruger, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" [3]
  • Johann Carl August Kruger, aged 46, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [4]

Kruger migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kruger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Gustav Kruger, aged 24, a railway labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Wihelmina Kruger, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Augusta Kruger, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • August Kruger, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Kruger (post 1700)

  • Otto Kruger (1885-1974), American actor, known for his roles in High Noon (1952), Saboteur (1942) and Dracula's Daughter (1936)
  • Lon Kruger (b. 1952), American basketball coach
  • Theodore Kruger, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kehl, 1898 [5]
  • Robert D. Kruger, American Republican politician, Mayor of Oneida, New York, 1954-56 [5]
  • Paul S. Kruger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1948 [5]
  • Marlene Kruger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1996 [5]
  • Ira Kruger, American politician, Mayor of Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1937 [5]
  • Mrs. I. M. Kruger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972 [5]
  • Cynthia G. Kruger, American politician, Mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1982-83 [5]
  • Charles G. Kruger, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928 [5]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kruger family

Bismarck
  • Johannes Krüger (1920-1941), German Mechanikersobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
  • Herbert Krüger (1917-1941), German Bootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
  • Dr. Joachim Krüger (1907-1941), German Marinestabsarzt who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
  • Heinz Krüger (1916-1941), German Mechanikersmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
  • Curt Krüger (1917-1941), German Matrosenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Warren Kruger, American Quartermaster Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  7. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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