Claassen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Claassen was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Claassen was derived from the baptismal name Clausen, which is a form of the name Nicholas. The given name Nicholas, which means people's victory, was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Claassen family
The surname Claassen was first found in Westphalia, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played important roles in the local political conflicts which forged the nation.
Important Dates for the Claassen family
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Claassen Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Claassen include Klassen, Klasse, Klass, Klasen, Klase, Klas, Classen, Classe, Class, Clasen, Clase, Clas, Klasing, Klaasen, Klaasen, Claasen, Klaase, Claase, Klaas and many more.
Early Notables of the Claassen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Claassen were Daniel Clasen, in Latin Danielis Clasenius or Clasenus (1622-1678), a German political theorist, religious scholar, and classicist; and...
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Claassen migration to the United States
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Typical Claassen Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Claassen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Claassen, aged 60, who arrived in New York, NY in 1873 
- Joh Claassen, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 
- Johann Claassen, aged 10, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 
- Jacob Claassen, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 
- Justine Claassen, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Claassen (post 1700)
- Utz Claassen (b. 1963), German manager, management consultant, entrepreneur, investor and author
- Arthur Claassen Sr. (1859-1920), German orchestral conductor
- Johan Claassen (1929-2019), South African rugby player and captain of the South African National Team in 1958
- Neil Claassen (b. 1992), South African rugby union player
- Ruben Claassen (b. 1993), South African first-class cricketer
- George Claassen, South African journalist
- J. G. Claassen (b. 1991), South African professional golfer
- Antonie Delport Claassen (b. 1984), French and South African rugby union playe
- Wynand Claassen (b. 1951), South African rugby player
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