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The name Klass was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Klass was derived from the baptismal name Clausen, which is a form of the name Nicholas. The given name Nicholas, which means people's victory, was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

Klass Early Origins



The surname Klass was first found in Westphalia, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played important roles in the local political conflicts which forged the nation.

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Klass Spelling Variations


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Klass Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Klass include Klassen, Klasse, Klass, Klasen, Klase, Klas, Classen, Classe, Class, Clasen, Clase, Clas, Klasing, Klaasen, Klaasen, Claasen, Klaase, Claase, Klaas and many more.

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Klass Early History


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Klass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klass research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1786, 1850, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Klass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Klass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Klass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Klass were Daniel Clasen, in Latin Danielis Clasenius or Clasenus (1622-1678), a German political theorist, religious scholar, and classicist; and...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Klass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Melcher Klass, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Klass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Maria Klass, who landed in Brazil in 1835
  • A Maria Klass, who landed in Brazil in 1845
  • Abraham Klass, aged 11, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Agneta Klass, aged 42, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Anna Klass, aged 19, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Klass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Klass (post 1700)



  • Craig Klass (b. 1965), American Olympic water polo player
  • Eugene Klass (b. 1919), original name of American actor Gene Barry
  • Wil Klass, American travel writer
  • Philip J. Klass (1919-2005), American UFO researcher
  • Edward Klass (b. 1965), American water polo player
  • David Klass, American screenplay writer and children's author
  • Günter Klass (1936-1967), German race driver
  • Christa Klass (b. 1951), German politician
  • Sholom Klass (1916-2000), Rabbi and editor of The Jewish Press
  • Myleene Klass (b. 1978), British musician, former member of the UK pop group Hear'Say
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Klass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klass 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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