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The name Clasen 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. Clasen 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.

Clasen Early Origins



The surname Clasen 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.

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Clasen Spelling Variations


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Clasen 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 Clasen include Klassen, Klasse, Klass, Klasen, Klase, Klas, Classen, Classe, Class, Clasen, Clase, Clas, Klasing, Klaasen, Klaasen, Claasen, Klaase, Claase, Klaas and many more.

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Clasen Early History


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Clasen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clasen research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1786, 1850, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Clasen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clasen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clasen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Clasen 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 Clasen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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:

Clasen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Claes Clasen, aged 21, landed in New York in 1644
  • Jan Clasen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • Ammerens Clasen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1662

Clasen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carolina Clasen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Johann Clasen, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clasen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clasen (post 1700)



  • Friedrich Wilhelm Erdmann Clasen (1792-1882), German entomologist
  • Matthias Clasen, German musician and composer from Hamburg
  • Leo Clasen (b. 1906), Holocaust survivor, imprisoned at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp because of his homosexuality
  • Helmut Clasen (b. 1935), German motorcycle enduro competitor since 1957, inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    11. ...

    The Clasen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clasen 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2015 at 19:29.

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