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Kraft Family History

Kraft Name Meaning

German (also Kräft), Danish, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’. The Swedish name probably originated as a soldier’s name. In part the German and Danish names possibly also derive from a late survival of the same word used as a byname, Old High German Chraft(o), Old Norse Kraptr.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kraut, Braff, Kroft, Kratt, Kreft, Kram, Prast, Bratt, Kracht, Krack

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Where is the Kraft family from?

You can see how Kraft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kraft family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kraft families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Kraft families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 36% of all the recorded Kraft's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kraft families in 1840.
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What did your Kraft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kraft. 13% of Kraft men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Kraft women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kraft were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 86,000 census records available for the last name Kraft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kraft census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Kraft. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 49,000 military records available for the last name Kraft. For the veterans among your Kraft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kraft lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Kraft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kraft in 1945 was 21, and 77 in 2004.

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