Klepper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Klepper family

The surname Klepper 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 Klepper family

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Klepper Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Klepper family (pre 1700)

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United States Klepper migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klepper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Koenraet Klepper, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Conrad Klepper, who settled in America sometime between 1709 and 1710
  • Johann Valenthin Klepper, who settled in Philadelphia in 1766
  • Henrich Klepper, who settled in North America in 1775
  • Johannes Klepper, who settled in North America in 1775

Contemporary Notables of the name Klepper (post 1700) +

  • John W. Klepper (1906-1997), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1971-1972)
  • Frank B. Klepper (1864-1933), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri (1905-1907)
  • Milton Klepper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1932 [2]
  • John W. II Klepper, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [2]
  • J. C. Klepper, American politician, Mayor of Plano, Texas, 1888-89 [2]
  • Irving Klepper, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956 [2]
  • George M. Klepper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948, 1952 (alternate) [2]
  • Walter Michael Klepper (1929-2008), Romanian composer
  • Johannes Klepper, German manufacturer of the first commercially successful folding kayak named the Klepper canoe
  • Jochen Klepper (1903-1942), German writer, poet and journalist


  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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