The German surname Kraft, also anglicized as Craft in the United States,is a nickname for a strong man, from the Old High German kraft, German Kraft meaning "strength, or power." The name is first recorded in Hamburg in 1293. The name is first found in the New World in 1709 when Valentyn Kraft is recorded in New York. Today there are approximately 22,000 bearers of the name Kraft living in the United States. Notable bearers of the name include Adam Kraft the 16th Century German Sculptor and Antonin Kraft a noted 18th Century compoer and cellist.