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Krebs Family History

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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You can see how Krebs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Krebs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Krebs families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Krebs families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 48% of all the recorded Krebs's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Krebs families in 1840.
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What did your Krebs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Krebs. 15% of Krebs men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Krebs women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Krebs were Machinist and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
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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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