Origins of the Kranzbühler Family
Genealogy report researched and finalised by Christian Franz Rudolf Schonger, Munich, 24th July 1938.
He wrote the following at the beginning of his report [translated by Astrid Kranzbuhler]:
The Early History:
The name KRANZBÜHLER is associated with the small, near Salzburg [Austria] situated village KRANZBICHL or KRANZBÜHEL, synonym to KRANICH-BÜHEL [= Crane hill], which is connected with the town DÜRNBERG – earlier spelling DÜRRENBERG = today Bad Dürrnberg near Hallein.
The signet of the book printing business KRANZBÜHLER in Worms was equivalent to the family crest of the Kranzpichler in “Siebmachers Book of Family Crest of 1772”.
It portrays a crane standing one-legged on a hill with its wings spread, holding a ring in its beak and a stone in the talon of the lifted right leg.
In the 17th century are settled in Dürnberg as miners the KRANZBÜHLER, respectively the KRANZPICHLER; likewise in the 18th century the name KRANZBÜHLER was still known there. Furthermore a Maria KRANZBÜHLER is mentioned in 1715 in Berchtesgaden [Germany, near the Austrian border].