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Where did the German Clause family come from? What is the German Clause family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clause family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clause family history?

The roots of the Clause family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Clause 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. Clause 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Klaus, Klauss, Claus, Clauss, Klauhs, Clauhs, Klausing (Westphalia), Klauser (Switzerland), Clausing, Clauser, Klausen, Klaussen, Clausen and many more.

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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clause Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Phettiplace Clause, who landed in Virginia in 1608
  • Peter Clause, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Benetta Clause, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Clause Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Herman Clause, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Georg Clause, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Clause, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Nicolas Clause, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • George Clause, who landed in New York in 1798

Clause Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. Clause, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Christe Clause, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Armand Clause, who landed in Mississippi in 1880

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The Clause Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clause 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 3 January 2013 at 17:02.

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