Origins of the Name Krings

The origin of the name “KRINGS” comes from a reduced vernacular form of the medieval personal name of Saint Quirinus (died 30 March 116).


Quirinus was a Roman Tribune.  Tribune was a title for various elected officials in Ancient Rome.  There were generally two types of Tribunes; Tribunes of the Plebs, and Military Tribunes.  Quirinus was a Military Tribune, and was the jailor of Pope Alexander I, the Bishop of Rome (106-115). 





Krings Family History

From Germany to America

         Over 150 Years in America


Pope Alexander was Roman by birth.  He ruled the Catholic Church during the reign of Trajan (98-117).  He was the 6th Pope, the successor to St. Evarsistus.


Quirinus was converted to Christianity after observing miracles performed by Pope Alexander. 

In the year 1050 AD Quirinus’ remains were donated to the Abbess of Neuss  by Pope Leo IX.  They came to the Romanesque Church of St. Quirinus at Neuss which still exists today.

Quirinus was then tracked as a Christian, beheaded after cruel torture, and his remains placed in the catacomb of Praetextatus on the Via Appia.

A statue of Quirinus sits atop the church which Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte attempted to plunder during the Napoleonic War.





Worship of Saint Quirinus spread since the 13th Century in Western Germany, in Alsace, the Netherlands, and to Scandinavia and Italy.  Quirinus is exceptionally popular near Neuss where is remains are kept in the North Rhineland Germany.


As surnames became popular and required during the medieval period,  many individuals took the name of Quirinus.  Dialectal influences created the change from Quirinus to Krien.  It was then later sub-divided at various stages after the medieval period into Krink, Krienke, Krings, Kreins, Cring, Krings, Krings.


Some of the early records of the variant names are:


Anna Kreins:  Christened at Braunsrath on 10 November 1712

Carl Martin Krinke:  Christened at Schrotzken in 1824

Johannes Nicolaus Krings:  Married at Beltheim in 1832

Agnes Krings: Christened at Braunsrath on 19 May 1638