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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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The surname Clouser 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.

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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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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  • Roy A. Clouser, American Professor Emeritus of the College of New Jersey
  • Charles Alexander "Charlie" Clouser (b. 1963), American two-time Grammy Award nominated keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer
  • Guy Clouser, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Alvin Clouser, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904


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  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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  7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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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.

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