The name Classe 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. Classe 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 Classe family
The surname Classe 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 Classe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Classe research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1786, 1850, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Classe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Classe Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Classe 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 Classe family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Classe 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 Classe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Classe family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Rosina Clasing, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Engelbert Classen came to Philadelphia in 1773; while Heinrich Klasing settled in Texas in 1846.