The ancient and distinguished German surname Clotz 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.
Early Origins of the Clotz family
The surname Clotz 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 Clotzes 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.
Early History of the Clotz family
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Clotz Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Klotz, Klottz, Klotzz, Klots, Klotze, Klotzes, Klottze, Klottzz, Klutz, Clotz, Cloete and many more.
Early Notables of the Clotz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clotz family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clotz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Clotz, aged 39, who emigrated to America, in 1894
Clotz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carl Clotz, aged 43, who landed in America from Oberstein, in 1904
- Sima Clotz, aged 37, who landed in America from Bucharest, Roumania, in 1921