The alley is named after Knut Nilsson Kråka, who in 1608 was promoted to become one of the 48 Elders of the city and in 1615 became a magistrate. He failed to deliver taxes required however and was subsequently relieved of his duties in 1623 and died as a custom officer by the southern gate in 1625.
- Béatrice Glase, Gösta Glase (1988). "Östra Stadsholmen". Gamla stan med Slottet och Riddarholmen (in Swedish) (3rd ed.). Stockholm: Bokförlaget Trevi. p. 113. ISBN 91-7160-823-0.
- "Innerstaden: Gamla stan". Stockholms gatunamn (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Kommittén för Stockholmsforskning. 1992. p. 57. ISBN 91-7031-042-4.
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