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Where did the Dutch Klopf family come from? What is the Dutch Klopf family crest and coat of arms? When did the Klopf family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Klopf family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klopf research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klopf History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Klopf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klopf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Klopf, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906

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  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Großes Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Klopf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klopf 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.

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