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The name Class 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. Class 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 Class family

The surname Class 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 Class family

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Class 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 Class 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 Class family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Class were Daniel Clasen, in Latin Danielis Clasenius or Clasenus (1622-1678), a German political theorist, religious scholar, and classicist; and...
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Class Ranking

In the United States, the name Class is the 17,001st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Class migration to the United States +

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:

Class Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Niclass Class, who arrived in America in 1709-1711 [2]
  • Johann Niclass Class, who landed in America in 1709 [2]
  • Joh Jost Class, who landed in America in 1750-1753 [2]
  • Johannes Class, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
Class Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Matthaeus Class, who arrived in America in 1801 [2]
  • John Class, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Jacob Class, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830 [2]
  • Peter Class, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
  • Jul A Class, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Class (post 1700) +

  • Henry W. Class, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Albany, New York, 1954-55 [3]
  • Adolph Class, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1924 [3]
  • José Miguel Class (1938-2017), Puerto Rican singer

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook