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Where did the Dutch Klopper family come from? What is the Dutch Klopper family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Klopper family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Clopper, de Klopper, Klopper, Klopffer, Kloper and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It holds great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family. They were originally of Bucquoy in ancient times but when they moved from France and assumed the style of de Klopper. The name also branched into the province of Haarlem.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klopper research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klopper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klopper Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Johan Willem Klopper, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Lorentz Klopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Friederich Klopper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johann Heinrich Klopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1756
  • Joh Valentin Klopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766

Klopper Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Jos Klopper, who landed in South America in 1846
  • Conrad Klopper, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"
  • Heinrich Klopper, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"


  • General Hendrick Klopper (1902-1978), South African military commander


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  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Klopper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klopper 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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