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

The roots of the Kloss family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Kloss is one of the most common styles of German surname, that of patronymics and matronymics - names derived from the given names of the father or mother of their original bearers. Kloss is derived from the medieval given name Klaus, which is a shortened form of the personal name Niklaus or Nicholas.The given name Nicholas, which means people's victory, was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Klaus, Klauss, Claus, Clauss, Klauhs, Clauhs, Klausing (Westphalia), Klauser (Switzerland), Clausing, Clauser, Klausen, Klaussen, Clausen and many more.

First found in Bavaria, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kloss research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1755 is included under the topic Early Kloss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kloss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kloss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Maria Kloss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Thomas Kloss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Henrich Kloss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Michael Kloss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • John Kloss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765


Kloss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Kloss, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Robert Kloss, who landed in America in 1857
  • Alexander Kloss, who landed in Texas in 1858
  • E Kloss, who arrived in Texas in 1858
  • Johann Kloss, who landed in North America in 1859


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  • Joanne C. Kloss, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • Daniel Kloss, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904


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The Kloss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kloss 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.

This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 11:09.

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