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Kroeker, a Prussian Mennonite name, was first recorded in Tiegenhagen in 1627. The name occurred in the following congregations and communities: Danzig, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, Heubuden, Elbing, and Königsberg, and from here spread to Poland, Russia, and North and South America. In 1940 there were only about 40 Mennonites bearing this name in its various forms in East Germany. Well-known representatives of this name were Isaac Kroeker, elder (1767-1787) of the Königsberg Mennonite congregation, Jakob Kroeker, elder of the Elbing Mennonite Church (1808-1846), Jakob Kroeker of Russia and Germany, Abraham J. Kroeker of Russia and Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and M. A. Kroeker, longtime Mennonite Brethren minister at the Silver Lake Mennonite Brethren Church and later Executive Secretary of the denomination's Board of General Welfare and Publish Relations.


Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 112.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Kroeker (Kroecker, Kreker, Kröckert, Krueger, Kröger) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 13 Oct 2015.,_Kreker,_Kr%C3%B6ckert,_Krueger,_Kr%C3%B6ger)_family&oldid=57697.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). Kroeker (Kroecker, Kreker, Kröckert, Krueger, Kröger) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 October 2015, from,_Kreker,_Kr%C3%B6ckert,_Krueger,_Kr%C3%B6ger)_family&oldid=57697.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 245. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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