Klausner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Klausner family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Klausner 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. Klausner 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.
Early Origins of the Klausner family
The surname Klausner 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.
Early History of the Klausner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klausner research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1755, 1656, 1713, 1656, 1679, 1681 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Klausner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Klausner Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Klausner include Klaus, Klauss, Claus, Clauss, Klauhs, Clauhs, Klausing (Westphalia), Klauser (Switzerland), Clausing, Clauser, Klausen, Klaussen, Clausen and many more.
Early Notables of the Klausner family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Klausner in this period include John Closterman (1656-1713), portrait-painter, born at Osnaburg, Hanover, in 1656, the son of an artist, who taught him the rudiments of design. "In 1679 he went to...
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Migration of the Klausner family
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Klausner surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Bernhart Klaus, who came to New York City in 1709 with his wife and four children. Henrich Klaus left the Palatinate for England with his wife and two daughters in 1709.
Contemporary Notables of the name Klausner (post 1700) +
- Robert Gary Klausner (b. 1941), United States federal judge from Los Angeles, California
- Michael Klausner (b. 1954), American Nancy and Charles Munger Professor of Business and Professor of Law at Stanford Law School
- Harriet Klausner (b. 1952), American reviewer of books and newspaper columnist
- Leo Klausner, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 1st District, 1923 
- Joseph Gedaliah Klausner (1874-1958), Jewish historian and professor of Hebrew Literature
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