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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Swiss German, German, and Dutch : occupational name for a mercenary soldier, Middle High German krieger (possibly from Late Latin (miles) gregarius ‘common soldier’, from grex ‘herd’,‘flock’, ‘crowd’).
  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : nickname for a quarrelsome person (see Krieg).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : variant of Kruger.

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