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KROL Family History

Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Krol, Kroll, Krolle, Krolman, Krollman (German), Krol, Krolak, Krolik (Polish), Kira and Kiraly (Hungarian), Krahl (Jewish), and many others, this is a surname of pre 7th century Germanic origins. It has several possible meanings, and may be described as being of complex etymology. The first and most likely meaning is as a medieval nickname. This is from the slavonic word of the pre 7th century 'krol', meaning 'king'. As such the surname was usually a theatrical name for an actor who played the part of a king in the famous travelling theatres of those ancient times, and became so associated with the part, that like many later film stars, the part name became the actual surname.

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