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Where did the German Klatt family come from? What is the German Klatt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Klatt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Klatt family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Glatz, Glats, Glattz, Gletz, Glettz and others.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. They were originally seated at Altdorf in Bavaria.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klatt research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klatt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Klatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klatt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andreas Klatt, who landed in America in 1856
  • Friedrich Klatt, who arrived in America in 1873
  • Gottfried Klatt, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1875
  • Helene Klatt, aged 6, landed in New York, NY in 1875
  • Carolina Klatt, aged 44, landed in New York, NY in 1875


Klatt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John H Klatt, who landed in Mississippi in 1905

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  • William Gerald "Bill" Klatt (b. 1947), American retired professional WHA ice hockey player
  • Joel Klatt (b. 1982), American talk radio personality
  • Trent Klatt (b. 1971), retired American professional NHL ice hockey right winger
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Klatt (1825-1897), German botanist who specialised in the study of African plants
  • Paul Klatt (1896-1973), German general who commanded the 3. Gebirgs, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Werner Klatt (b. 1948), German gold medalist rower at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Dusty Klatt, Canadian professional motocross racer
  • Marcin Klatt (b. 1985), Polish footballer


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  2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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  4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Klatt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klatt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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