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Krapp Coat of Arms / Krapp Family Crest

Krapp Coat of Arms / Krapp Family Crest

This surname of KRAPP was a German nickname for someone with a hooked nose or a hunched back, derived from the Middle German word KRAPFE (hook). The word also applied to a type of crescent shaped pastry, and the surname may thus also have been an occupational name for a baker. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. The name is also spelt KRAPFL, KRAPPEL KRUPP and KREPPEL. A notable member of the name was Alfred KRUPP (1812-87) the German arms manufacturer, born in Essen. He succeeded his father Freidrich (1787-1826) who had founded a small iron forge there in 1810, and began manufacturing arms in 1837. At the Great Exhibition in London (1851) he exhibited a solid flawless ingot of cast steel weighing 4000kg. He established the first Bessemer steel plant and became the foremost supplier not only to Germany, but to any country in the world, his first steel gun being manufactured in 1847. He acquired large mines, collieries and docks, and became a dominating force in the development of the Ruhr territories. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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