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

Closs Early Origins



The surname Closs 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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Closs Spelling Variations


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Closs Spelling Variations



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.

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Closs Early History


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Closs Early History



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

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Closs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Closs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Closs 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:

Closs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Closs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Theobald Closs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Balthasar Closs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

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Contemporary Notables of the name Closs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Closs (post 1700)



  • J. R. Closs, American politician, Mayor of Waco, Texas, 1976-77
  • H. Wilbert Closs, American Republican politician, Mayor of Canandaigua, New York, 1928-33

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Closs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Closs 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 15 January 2016 at 14:11.

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