Kleppe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kleppe family

The surname Kleppe was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It holds great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family. They were originally of Bucquoy in ancient times but when they moved from France and assumed the style of de Klopper. The name also branched into the province of Haarlem.

Early History of the Kleppe family

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Kleppe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clopper, de Klopper, Klopper, Klopffer, Kloper and many more.

Early Notables of the Kleppe family (pre 1700)

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United States Kleppe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kleppe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ole Kleppe, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kleppe (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Savig Kleppe (1919-2007), American Republican politician, Mayor of Bismarck, N.Dak., 1950-54; Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1964, 1970 [2]
  • Russell Kleppe, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1970 [2]
  • Per Andreas Hildhe Kleppe (1923-2021), Norwegian economist and politician for the Labour Party, Minister of Finance (1973-1979), General Secretary of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) from 1981 to 1988


  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 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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