Kreutzer Family History
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Kreutzer Name Meaning
German and Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived near a cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Middle High German kriuz(e) ‘cross’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. German: habitational name for someone from a place called Krögis (recorded as Creuz in 1186), or from some other place similarly named. German: in some cases, possibly from Middle High German kriuzære, kriuzer, a term denoting a crusader or Teutonic Knight, an allusion to the symbol of the cross worn on the tunic by such knights. German: possibly also a metonymic occupational name for a coiner, from the same word denoting a small coin marked with the symbol of a cross (in full kriuzerpfenninc). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Kreutzer, the name of the coin (see 4).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press