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

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

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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.

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

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clouser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clouser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Michael Clouser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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  • Charles Alexander "Charlie" Clouser (b. 1963), American two-time Grammy Award nominated keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer
  • Roy A. Clouser, American Professor Emeritus of the College of New Jersey


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  2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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  7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Clouser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clouser 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 7 December 2014 at 07:48.

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