Klopfer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Klopfer family

The surname Klopfer 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 Klopfer family

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Klopfer Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Klopfer family (pre 1700)

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United States Klopfer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klopfer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Klopfer, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Joseph Klopfer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Matheus Klopfer, who arrived in America in 1750 [1]
  • Johann Marx Klopfer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Klopfer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Josepha Klopfer, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Klopfer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


  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. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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