Last name origins & meanings:
- German: from Middle Low German kreter ‘quarreler’,
‘argumentative person’, ‘legal counsel’, a derivative of Middle Low
German krēte ‘discord’, hence a nickname for a quarrelsome
person or an occupational name for a legal representative.
- German: variant of Kreider.
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic
occupational name for a seller of herbs, from Yiddish krayter
‘herbs’ (see Kraut).
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