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The roots of the Claus family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Claus is one of the most common styles of German surname, that of patronymics and matronymics - names derived from the given names of the father or mother of their original bearers. Claus is derived from the medieval given name Klaus, which is a shortened form of the personal name Niklaus or Nicholas.The given name Nicholas, which means people's victory, was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

Claus Early Origins



The surname Claus was first found in Bavaria, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs.

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Claus Spelling Variations


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Claus 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 Claus include Klaus, Klauss, Claus, Clauss, Klauhs, Clauhs, Klausing (Westphalia), Klauser (Switzerland), Clausing, Clauser, Klausen, Klaussen, Clausen and many more.

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Claus Early History


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Claus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claus research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1755 is included under the topic Early Claus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Claus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Claus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Claus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrick Claus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Matheis Claus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Conrath Claus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Christina Claus, who landed in America in 1750
  • Johann Jost Claus, who landed in America in 1750-1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Claus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Joseph Claus, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Joh Gerh Claus, who landed in America in 1834
  • Adam Claus, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Frederick Claus, who landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Valentine Claus, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Claus Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Col. Daniel Claus U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Gasper Claus U.E. who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Claus U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. William Claus U.E. who settled in Cornwall, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Claus U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Claus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Claus (post 1700)



  • Santa Claus, usually abbreviated Santa, is a figure in North American culture who reflects an amalgamation of the Dutch Sinterklaas, the English Father Christmas, and Christmas gift-bringers in other traditions
  • Charles F. Claus, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 11th District, 1912
  • Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Claus (1835-1899), German zoologist
  • Karl Ernst Claus (1796-1864), Russian chemist and naturalist
  • Hugo Maurice Julien Claus (1929-2008), leading Belgian author

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Claus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claus 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 29 January 2016 at 09:06.

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