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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.

Klees Early Origins



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.

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Klees Spelling Variations


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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.

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Klees Early History


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Klees Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klees research. Another 208 words (15 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.

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Klees Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Klees Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Klees In Ireland


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Klees In Ireland



Some of the Klees 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



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 Atlanti c. 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

Klees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherina Klees, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Peter Klees, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Klees (post 1700)


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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
  • 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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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Klees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klees 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:12.

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