The name Claase 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. Claase 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 Claase family
The surname Claase 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.
Early History of the Claase family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claase research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1786, 1850, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Claase History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claase Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Claase 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 Claase family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Claase were Daniel Clasen, in Latin Danielis Clasenius or Clasenus (1622-1678), a German political theorist, religious scholar, and classicist; and... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claase Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Claase family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:
Claase Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Grace Claase, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Stockholm, Sweden, in 1913
- Maria Claase, aged 26, who landed in America from Nymegen, Holland, in 1918
- Mattheus J. M. Claase, aged 27, who settled in America from Nymegen, Holland, in 1918