Cremer (Kremer, Kreemer, Cramer, Kramer) family

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Cremer (Kremer, Kreemer, Cramer, Kramer), was a very common Dutch family name. The word kramer or cremer means simply a traveling merchant or peddler, and thus originally only indicated a business. For this reason it is impossible to trace the relationship of all who bear this name. It is not even clear whether the several families with the name of Cremer and Cramer are related.

In East Friesland, Germany, there is a Mennonite Cremer family. A Lubbert Kremer is said to have been a refugee from Brabant, and have resided at Neustadt-Gödens about 1524. One of his descendants was Lubbert Jansz Cremer (Kremer), born 1702 at Neustadt-Gödens and died there 1781, who was a preacher of the Old Flemish congregation in his native town 1737-1781. Other descendants were Albert Tobias Cramer (Kramer), born 1702, likewise a preacher of the Neustadt-Gödens Old Flemish church 1729-1756; Härmen Allerts Cremer, preacher of the Old Flemish congregation of Norden 1755-ca. 1768. Antje Doedes Cremer, born 1778 at Norden, died there 1810, was married to Jan ten Doornkaat Koolman. Their daughter Antje Cremer ten Doornkaat, born 1810 at Norden, died 1902 at Emden, was married to Isaak Brons. The Cremer family is still found in Norden.

To this family also belonged Alle Meendertz Cramer, born Norden 1805 (grandson of Lubbert Jansz Kremer mentioned before), and his son Samuel Cramer. A collateral branch of this family is found in Groningen and Deventer in the Netherlands. In Deventer we find Abraham Willemsz Cremer, born 1631, died 1690, who was elder of the Old Flemish congregation there from 1657 until his death in 1690. Berent (or Bernard) Cremer, born about 1768 at Groningen, was a Mennonite minister of Maastricht 1792-1795, Kleve 1795-1801, where he married Anna Leendertz, and Franeker 1801-1811. In 1811 he left the ministry to become a schoolteacher at Vollenhove, Overijssel. Herman C. Cremer of Norden studied at the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam in 1850-1855 and served the congregations of Huizinge in 1856-1857, Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen 1857-1866, and Westzaan-Zuid 1866, in which year he retired.


Deutsches Geschlechterbuch 26 (1913).

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 52.

Huizinga, J. Stamboek . . . van Fiepke Foppes en Diever Olferts. Groningen, 1887):15, 32.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennonitedn in de vereenigde Nederlanden (Amsterdam, 1731 ff).

Nederland's Patriciaat 19 (1930): 136

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Cremer (Kremer, Kreemer, Cramer, Kramer) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 8 Aug 2022.,_Kreemer,_Cramer,_Kramer)_family&oldid=161278.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1953). Cremer (Kremer, Kreemer, Cramer, Kramer) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 August 2022, from,_Kreemer,_Cramer,_Kramer)_family&oldid=161278.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 738. All rights reserved.

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