The noble French surname Clau is patronymic
in origin, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's father. The surname Clau is a variation of the Latin name Claudius, a Roman family name derived from "claudus" meaning "lame." This name was made popular as a result of having been borne by a seventh century saint who was bishop of Besancon. Thus the surname signifies "the son or descendant of Claude."
Early Origins of the Clau family
The surname Clau was first found in the region of Languedoc
where they held many lands and estates.
Early History of the Clau family
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Clau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Clot, Claude, Cloux, Claudet, Clausel, Glaude, Claud, Claudel, Claudin, Claudon, Clos and many more.
Early Notables of the Clau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Claude Claude who arrived in Quebec in 1647; Philipe Claud who arrived in Virginia in 1705; Joachim Claude who settled in Louisiana in 1715; J. Clausel who settled in New Orleans in 1842.