This German surname of KRIM was an occupational name for a maker, seller or user of hooks, perhaps a name given to a fisherman. The fish has always been an important food in all countries, and particularly in medieval Europe this was an important occupation. The name has many variant spellings which include KRUM, KRUMPP, KROM, DE CROM, CROMMELINCK, KRUMMEL, and KRIMPKE. 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 first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. KRUM (9th century) was the King of Bulgaria and one of its most forceful early leaders. He rose to power by military success against the Avars and gained domination over much of Rumania, eastern Hungary and northern Bulgaria. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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