German surnames developed at a time when most of the German provinces were states of the Holy Roman Empire
. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames
. Two of the common types of family names found in Germany
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and matronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name.
Early Origins of the Klemens family
The surname Klemens was first found in Saxony
, 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. The name refers back to St. Clemens, the patron saint of sailors. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Nicolas Clemmenter (1332) of Bohemia.
Early History of the Klemens family
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Klemens Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Klemmenz, Klemmentz, Klemmens, Klemments, Klemens, Clemmens, Clemens, Clemmenz, Clemmentz, Clemments, Clementz, Klementz, Klemenz, Klements, Klemmz, Klemmtz, Klemz, Klemts, Klemtz, Klemment, Klement, Clemment, Clement, Klems, Klemmt (Silesia), Klemt (Silesia), Klemmenter, Clemmenten, Clemmenter and many more.
Early Notables of the Klemens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Klemens family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Klemens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Valentin Klemens, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
Contemporary Notables of the name Klemens (post 1700)
- Larry Klemens, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 21st District, 1998 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Klemens family
- Mr. Josef Klemens, German Third Class Passenger from Hamburg, Germany who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html