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

The Clocknen surname is derived from the Middle High German word "glocke," or "glogge," meaning a "bell." The name may have been an occupational name for someone who rang bells; or it may have come from any of several places named from this word.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Glocknere, Clocknen, Glocknel, Glockle, Gloeckner, Gloggner, Gloeckler, Gloeckle, Gloeckle, Gloeggl, Glock, Glocke, Glocker, Glockler, Glockh, Glockl, Kloeckner, Kloekker, Klocker, Klockner and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clocknen research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1710 is included under the topic Early Clocknen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clocknen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Sebastion and Paul Glocker, both of whom arrived in Georgia between 1734 and 1741; Johan Stephan Klockner who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753; Caspar Glockner who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pa. in 1764.

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  6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Clocknen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clocknen 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 2 October 2003 at 15:41.

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