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The ancestors of the Klee family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

Klee Early Origins



The surname Klee was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Klee Spelling Variations


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Klee Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

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Klee Early History


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Klee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klee research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Klee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Klee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Klee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Klee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Klee In Ireland


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Klee In Ireland



Some of the Klee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Klee or a variant listed above:

Klee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Nickell Klee, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Nickel Klee, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Theobald Klee, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Joh Nikel Klee, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johann Nickel Klee, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Klee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Francis Klee, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Friedrich Klee, aged 32, arrived in America in 1843
  • Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Klee, aged 34, arrived in America in 1843
  • James Leopold William Klee, who arrived in Mississippi in 1850
  • Joh Klee, who landed in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Klee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Klee arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Margaret Klee arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Hannah Klee arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Catherine Klee arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Klee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Klee (post 1700)



  • Oscar H. Klee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1974
  • Charles W. Klee, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Westminster, Maryland, 1934-47
  • Ken Klee (b. 1971), American professional NHL ice hockey
  • Victor L. Klee Jr. (1925-2007), American mathematician
  • Miguel Ángel Klee Orellana (b. 1977), Guatemalan professional football goalkeeper
  • Karl Heinz Klee (1930-2008), Austrian sports official and a lawyer, recipient of the Gold Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria
  • Bernhard Klee (b. 1936), German conductor
  • Carsten Klee (b. 1970), former German footballer
  • Ernst Klee (1942-2013), German journalist and author, known for his writings of the medical crimes of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich
  • Paul Klee (1879-1940), Swiss-born, German and Swiss painter
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Klee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klee 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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