Last name: Kramer

This unusual and interesting name has Flemish origins and is an example of a name introduced into England by French and Flemish Huguenots seeking refuge from religious persecution on the continent during the latter half of the 16th Century and again during the late 17th Century. "Cremer" is a variant of the German "Kramer" and is an occupational (job descriptive) name for a shopkeeper or tradesman or one who travelled through the countryside buying butter, hens and eggs which he carried to the market in a "Cram" or pack on his back. The ultimate derivation is from the Old German "kram" or "cram", meaning trading post or tent. One Alice Cremer was married to William Kirk at All Hallows, London Wall on the 27th January 1856. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Abraham Cremer, christened. which was dated 1st January 1552, in St. Margaret's, Westminster. during the reign of King Edward V1, known as "The Boy King", 1547 - 1553. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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