Where did the German Kramer family come from? What is the German coat of arms/family crest? When did the Kramer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Kramer include Kramer, Kraemer, Kremer, Krammer, Kraemmer, Kraymer, Kraymmer, Cramer, Cremer, Crammer and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society.
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Kramers to arrive in North America Andreas Kramer and Hans Kramer, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania sometime between 1683 and 1709. They were followed by Anna Catharina Kramer and Francisca Kramer who came to Philadelphia in 1725. After them, Casper Kramer arrived in Philadelphia in 1732.
Some noteworthy people of the name Kramer
* Herbert Kramer (b. 1916), the president of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crops Science Society of America
* Walter A. Kramer (1890-1969), who was an American composer, critic, and publisher. He was the managing director of Galaxy Music Corp. (1936-1956)
* Jack Kramer (b. 1943), tennis player
* Paul Jackson Kramer (b. 1904), noted plant physiologist who became, in 1970, the president of Bioscience Information Services in Philadelphia
* Stanley Kramer (b. 1913), the famous motion picture director and producer and president of The Stanley Kramer Corp. of Hollywood, best known for his films are "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
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