The name has different explainations, and one might be as good as the others.

Karen Prestgard who lived here and was with and ran a school for weaving, said simply that Kruke means; where it grows nice grains and corn in this sense is barley.

Ivar Kleiven, village historian from Vågå, says that it is because the river in the old days made a hook when it changed direction.

Kleiven has another explanation; Kruk is the lower sheaf on kornstauren, when drying grain by attaching one by one sheaf superimposed on a pole.

Oluf Rygh, name specialist believes that Kruk is room to store inside your fist when you put your fingers over the cavity.

Ivar Teigum, book author, looks at Kruk placement in the farm row right in the middle of Heidal on a bounded terrace on the gentle terrain. Forms of the noun "hook" found in several Germanic languages. English has the word "to crouch" a form of the verb in Saxon and Swiss means something for low crops. So it is possible to perceive the name "Kruke" as a dative form, "a Kruke" of a common Germanic basic word. Kruke could also be the terrace where gard core lies or word could point to low-growing plants that were common in the area in the early stages of overgrazing. In the central rural area in Heidal is Kruke the only farm with unstitched nature name. When placing Ivar Teigum Kruke to be from the early Iron Age. The area is called Kvebakken may indicate that animals were trapped in the "corral" nighttime to protect against predators.

There are still unsolved mysteries of some of the names of places on the farm. Why the name "Husdalen", which is used in the area at the top of the field?         Could it be that someone has found the remains of older settlements? It was also odd placed rocks below what is called "Storåkeren", or the Great Field, of which one is not found explanation.         That's how you still can wonder how it was before.