History Of The Surname
Family names are more varied than
personal names, having been culled from more diverse sources,
having undergone more changes of form, and having come from
many more different languages. With regard to the surname
Kreer this name would appear to be an anglicized form of the
German surname Kreher. Of surnames in Germany it has been said
that family names did not come into general employ until late
in the Middle Ages. First of all, the nobility in the twelfth
century called themthelves after their ancestral seats. Such
surnames were usually prefixed by "von". Then, among
the citizens they were adopted in the fourteenth century, but
did not become general until the sixteenth century.
The German surname Kreher/Kreer is of local and
nickname origin. Locative surnames are those names which
derive their origin from a particular feature either man made
or natural near which the original bearer lived or held land.
In this instance, the surname Kreher meaning "crow"
indicates that maybe the initial bearer of the name lived by
the sign of the crow. Nickname surnames are those names which
derive their origin from physical characteristics or personal
attribute of the initial bearer. In this instance, the surname
meaning "crow", indicates that maybe the initial
bearer was one who screeched or squawked like a crow.
References to the surname
Kreer include one named Kraier who lived by Bregenz in 1340.
Also there is the reference to one Chixo dictus (called) Kra
and one Chixo dictus (called) Kreia in 1261. Variants of the
name Kreer include Kreher, Kreier, Kreiger, Krayers, Kraier und
BLAZON OF ARMS
a crow sable, on a mound vert, wing raised in the dexter
claw an orb azure garnished or with a cross of the same.
crow is an example of the heraldic practice of canting,
that is, it acts as a pun on the origin or meaning of
crow as in the arms.
There is a
relation between the name Kreer (written this way) and a small
village in Germany named Kreershäuschen.
This can be shown using statistics.
Kreer in Germany: based on the computerized
telephone directory D-Info 1997 (Gemany).
Kreer in the United States: based on AOL Netfind as of
27 Mar 1998.
The idea was to
create a chart that shows a correlation between
the frequency of the name Kreer
and the location of Kreershäuschen (a small village) which is locally seen as a source of the family name.
Since most people have a phone today, the
statistic is almost representative.
If a rare name shows up more often in a limited
area than anywhere else, the source of the
spreading is there.
The evaluation seems to concur with this assumption and shows also the
decrease of the frequency in correlation with the
distance from the source. There is
documentation about emigrants to the United
States that shows their source is here too.
Meanwhile I have found the evidence that it is really the source
our ancestors named Kreer came from.
Changes in the writing of the name happened constantly and the
location an individual came from was used as family name. In
addition the earlier origin could be anywhere else and (e.g.
after the thirty year war) the respreading started here
Map of Frequency
the area of ZIP code 55xxx are 48% of all
registered people named Kreer and about
98% of them are located within an area of 25km
(radius) around Kreershäuschen.
in Area 55: Kreershäuschen, Münchwald,
Winterbach, Winterburg, Gebroth, Spabrücken,
Argenthal, Nannhausen, Seibersbach, Stromberg,
Roth, Guldental, Laubenheim, Weiler, Bingen,
Roxheim, Bad Kreuznach, Waldböckelheim
People listed in phone directory
Diagram (Name Kreer correlated with similar
Although the AOL
directory seems not to be complete (I've found
some Kreer, not listed in AOL) there are more
Kreer in Germany. This indicates that the source
of the name rather is in Germany, than in the
People listed in AOL