Krebs Family History

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Krebs Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: metonymic occupational name for a catcher or seller of crabs or shellfish or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a crab, perhaps because they had a peculiar gait. The name was certainly standardized from older variants like Krevetes or Krebiss which reflect Middle Low German crevet ‘crab’, ‘shrimp’, as well as Middle High German krebez. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Krebs ‘crab’ (see 1). Danish: from krebs ‘crayfish’.

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

Similar surnames: Kreis, Kress, Kreps, Kreft, Reis, Krass, Kreul, Kries, Kraus, Krey

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Krebs Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Krebs. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Krebs Family Origin

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Krebs Family Occupations

What did your Krebs ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Krebs. The most common Krebs occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Krebs's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Krebs family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Krebs Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Krebs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Krebs census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Krebs. 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 Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Krebs. For the veterans among your Krebs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Krebs Life Expectancy

What is the average Krebs lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Krebs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Krebs in 1940 was 46, and 79 in 2004.

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