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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch : from Middle Dutch crans ‘wreath’, ‘garland’, ‘crown’; hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wreaths and garlands, a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a garland, or a nickname for someone whose hair was tonsured.
  • German : nickname from Middle High German grans ‘beak’. Compare Schnabel.

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