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Many people have asked me how CRITESER was spelled before the spelling was Americanized. In my opinion there is no single correct answer because the spelling varied based on who was writing the name and most of the time it was not the ancestor who was writing the name but rather a clerk or census taker. I have seen the surname of our ancestors spelled many ways in census records and even official government records. The two most common alternate spellings are CRITSER, and CRITZER. But there are many more that I have seen including CRITISER, CRITISEN, KRYTZER and KISER.
I have a book called German American Names by George Jones. The entry in the book for CRITZER refers to the entry for KREUTZ, KREUTZER, KREUTZMANN. The entry for KREUTZ, KREUZ, KREUTZIGER, KREUTZINGER reads "crusader, [or] dweller on a cross road". And last of all, KREUTZER in the book is "a coin".
If you are also researching the above surnames, especially in or near the advertised locations, please send comments to Walt Criteser.
I recommend you also check the locality pages because many additional names are listed in each locality.
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