Klees History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Klees is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Klees family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

Early Origins of the Klees family

The surname Klees 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.

Important Dates for the Klees family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klees research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Klees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Klees Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

Early Notables of the Klees family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Klees family to Ireland

Some of the Klees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Klees migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Klees or a variant listed above:

Klees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Klees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 [1]
Klees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherina Klees, who landed in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Peter Klees, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Klees (post 1700)

  • Walter J. Klees, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 2nd District, 1948 [2]
  • Christian Klees (b. 1968), German gold medalist sport shooter at the 1996 Summer Games, the only shooter to have achieved the maximum score (600) in the 50 metre rifle prone event
  • Frank Klees (b. 1951), German-born, Canadian former politician in Ontario, a cabinet minister in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves
  • Stan Klees (b. 1932), Canadian music industry businessman, inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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