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The surname Kleist comes from German Medieval given name Klaus.

Kleist Early Origins



The surname Kleist was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs.

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Kleist Spelling Variations


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Kleist Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kleist, Von Kleist, Kleis, Kleiss, Kleste, Kleiste, Klest and many more.

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Kleist Early History


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Kleist Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kleist research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1811, 1814, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Kleist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kleist Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kleist Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kleist Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kleist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eugen Benedikt Von Kleist, one of the Hessian troops in the American Revolutionary war, who was on record in North America in 1778

Kleist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh W Kleist, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Caroline Kleist, who came from Bremen to New York city in 1851
  • Friedrich Kleist, who arrived in New Orleans via Hamburg in 1851
  • Nicholes Kleist, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Charlotte Kleist, who arrived in New York city, destined for Wisconsin in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kleist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emile A J Kleist, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kleist (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kleist (post 1700)



  • John C. Kleist, American politician, Candidate for justice of Wisconsin State Supreme Court, 1922
  • Henry Kleist, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1919-21
  • Baron Frederick Joseph Eugene de Kleist (1853-1911), pioneering German organ builder
  • Karl Kleist (1879-1960), German neurologist and psychiatrist
  • Ewald von Kleist (1700-1748), German jurist, Lutheran cleric, and physicist, co-inventor of the Leyden jar
  • Ewald Christian von Kleist (1715-1759), German poet and officer
  • Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881-1954), leading German field marshal during World War II
  • Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (1777-1811), German poet, dramatist, novelist and short story writer
  • Jakob Edvard Kuupik Kleist (b. 1958), Socialist and Left-wing Greenlandic politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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    The Kleist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kleist 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 May 2016 at 22:28.

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