Humanities › History & Culture KRAUS - Surname Meaning and Family History What Does the Last Name Kraus Mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Getty / Westend61 History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 04, 2019 The last name Kraus is a descriptive German surname meaning "with curly hair," from the Middle High German krus, meaning "curly." Surname Origin: German Alternate Surname Spellings: KRAUS, KRAUß, KRAUSS, KRAUßE, KRAUSSE, KRUSE, KRAUSE Famous People with the Kraus Surname Adolph Kraus - Jewish leader and lawyerCharles A. Kraus - American chemistGertrud Kraus - pioneer of modern dance in IsraelHans Werner-Kraus - German U-boat commanderJoseph Martin Kraus - classical composerGeorg Melchior Kraus - German painter Where is the Kraus Surname Most Common? According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Kraus surname is most common in Germany, where it ranks 52nd in the nation, followed by Austria (95th), Luxembourg (170th), and Czech Republic (199th). Krause with the "e," however, is even more popular in Germany—coming in as the 27th most frequent surname. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates a similar distribution, with the greatest percentage of individuals named Kraus in Germany, followed by Austria and Luxembourg. German surname distribution maps at Verwandt.de show Kraus as most common in southeastern Germany in areas such as Forchheim and Augsburg, while Kraus is much more frequent in northwestern and western Germany, around Hannover and Recklinghausen. Genealogy Resources for the Surname KRAUS Meanings of Common German Surnames: Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.Kraus Family Crest - It's Not What You Think: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Kraus family crest or coat of arms for the Kraus surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.The Kraus/Krause DNA Surname Project: Individuals with the Kraus surname or variants such as Krause are invited to participate in this group DNA project in an attempt to learn more about ancient Kraus family origins. The website includes information on the project, the research done to date, and instructions on how to participate.KRAUS Family Genealogy Forum: This free message board is focused on descendants of Kraus ancestors around the world.FamilySearch - KRAUS Genealogy: Explore over 1.1 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Kraus surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.KRAUS Surname Mailing List: Free mailing list for researchers of the Kraus surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.DistantCousin.com - KRAUS Genealogy & Family History: Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Kraus.GeneaNet - Kraus Records: GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Kraus surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.The Kraus Genealogy and Family Tree Page: Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Kraus surname from the website of Genealogy Today.