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The surname Kruse was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs. They were also seated at Nassau and this senior branch of the family were elevated to Barons in 1653.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kruse, Krusse, Kroose, Kroose, Kruze and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kruse research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1653 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Kruse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kruse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Kruse, who arrived in America in 1783

Kruse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Herman Rudolp Kruse, who arrived at the port of Baltimore in 1833
  • Heinr Gerh Kruse, who landed in America in 1835
  • Bern Heinr Kruse, who landed in America in 1838
  • Herm Heinr W Kruse, who landed in America in 1839
  • A Christ Elsabein Kruse, who landed in America in 1840


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  • William F. Kruse (1894-1952), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1918, 1920; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1920; Candidate for Secretary of State of Illinois, 1921
  • Virtus Kruse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • V. J. Kruse, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956
  • Sarann Kruse, American politician, Mayor of Lawndale, California, 1980-81, 1982-85
  • Paul Kruse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 2008
  • Mark H. Kruse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Louise Kruse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956
  • John D. Kruse, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 6th District, 1960
  • John Kruse, American Democrat politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 11th District, 1901-02
  • John D. Kruse (1893-1971), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1943-54 (Manistee County 1943-44, Manistee District 1945-54)

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  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Kruse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kruse 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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