Explore the Family Name Kramer

The meaning of Kramer

1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (mainly Krämer); Dutch: occupational name for a shopkeeper or trader, from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German krām ‘trading post, tent, booth’. This surname is also found in some other parts of Europe, e.g. in Britain, Poland, and France (Alsace and Lorraine); see also 2 below. In part, Kramer is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname, originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola, Slovenia (see Kocevar). Compare Kraemer. 2. Americanized or Germanized form of Polish Kramarz, Czech Kramář, Slovak Kramár, Slovenian (compare 3 below), Croatian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian Kramar. 3. Slovenian: variant of Kramar. Compare 2 above and Cramer.

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How common is the last name Kramer in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Kramer has seen modest changes in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In terms of ranking, it dropped from 474 to 526, a decrease of almost 11%. Despite this, the actual count of people with the Kramer surname increased slightly by 1.45% from 63,023 to 63,936. The proportion per 100k also decreased from 23.36 to 21.67, reflecting a drop of just over 7%.

Proportion per 100k23.3621.67-7.23%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Kramer

The Decennial U.S. Census also offers insight into the ethnic identity associated with the Kramer surname. From 2000 to 2010, there were shifts across all categories, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native which remained the same. The majority of individuals with the Kramer surname identified as White, though this decreased slightly from 96.47% to 95.35%. The percentage of Kramers who identified as Hispanic saw a significant increase of 51.37%, albeit still a small proportion at 2.21%. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Black also saw increases of 32.61% and 21.43% respectively, while the population marking two or more races experienced a rise of nearly 15%.

Two or More Races1.08%1.24%14.81%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.61%32.61%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.25%0.25%0%

Kramer ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Kramer is French & German, which comprises 31.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (29.9%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (16.4%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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French & German31.5%
British & Irish29.9%
Ashkenazi Jewish16.4%

Possible origins of the surname Kramer

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Kramer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom68.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom68.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom68.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom67.80%
West Midlands, United Kingdom67.80%

What Kramer haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Kramer is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and R-CTS3402, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schneider, Hoffman, Meyer, Schmidt, Miller, Klein, Fischer, Wagner, Frank, Meyers.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Kramer surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

kramerPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Kramer have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Kramer" Surname 43.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Kramer" Surname 22.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Kramer" Surname 21.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Kramer" Surname 17.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Kramer?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Kramer are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%