Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsCran, Krane, Krahn, Kranich
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Meaning & History
1. English: nickname, most likely for a tall, thin man with long legs, from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird), Old English cran, cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century. 2. Dutch: variant spelling of Krane. 3. English translation of German Krahn or Kranich.