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The ancient and distinguished German surname Cloete is derived from the old Germanic term "Klotz," meaning "awkward, clumsy." The name was most likely initially bestowed as a nickname, either on someone who was clumsy or in an ironic way on someone who was exceptionally graceful.

Cloete Early Origins



The surname Cloete was first found in Hessen, where the family was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The Cloetees would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The earliest known bearer of the name was Berchtolt Klotz, who is registered in the "Furstenbergisches Urkundenbuch" in 1343.

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Cloete Spelling Variations


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Cloete Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Klotz, Klottz, Klotzz, Klots, Klotze, Klotzes, Klottze, Klottzz, Klutz, Clotz, Cloete and many more.

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Cloete Early History


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Cloete Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloete research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1668, 1738, 1764, 1771, 1773, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Cloete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cloete Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cloete Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cloete 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cloete Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. Brodrick Cloete, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Cloete Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Violet Kate Cloete, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Broderick Wm. Cloete, aged 54, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Frank Cloete, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cloete (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cloete (post 1700)



  • Shane Cloete (b. 1971), Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Henry Arthur "Patats" Cloete (1873-1959), South African international rugby union player
  • Ruben Cloete (b. 1982), South African football defender
  • Edward Fairly Stuart Graham Cloete (1897-1976), South African novelist, essayist, biographer and short story writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Cloete Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cloete 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 21 November 2012 at 06:52.

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