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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.

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

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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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.

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Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cloete Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • 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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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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