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Kraus Family History

Kraus Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with curly hair, from Middle High German krus ‘curly’, ‘crinkly’, German kraus.

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


Similar surnames: Krause, Krans, Kraut, Knaus, Krass, Raus, Braun, Maus, Krauss, Traub

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Where is the Kraus family from?

You can see how Kraus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kraus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kraus families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Kraus families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Kraus's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kraus families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kraus surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kraus ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kraus. 11% of Kraus men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Kraus women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kraus 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
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Kraus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kraus 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Kraus. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Kraus. For the veterans among your Kraus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kraus lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Kraus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kraus in 1943 was 53, and 79 in 2004.

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