Show ContentsKloth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Kloth is derived from the old Germanic term "Klotz," meaning "awkward, clumsy." The name was most likely initially bestowed as a nickname, either on someone who was clumsy or in an ironic way on someone who was exceptionally graceful.

Early Origins of the Kloth family

The surname Kloth was first found in Hessen, where the family was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The Klothes would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The earliest known bearer of the name was Berchtolt Klotz, who is registered in the "Furstenbergisches Urkundenbuch" in 1343.

Early History of the Kloth family

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Kloth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Klotz, Klottz, Klotzz, Klots, Klotze, Klotzes, Klottze, Klottzz, Klutz, Clotz, Cloete and many more.

Early Notables of the Kloth family

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United States Kloth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kloth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Kloth, aged 32, who landed in Missouri in 1846 [1]
  • Herm Kloth, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1849 [1]
  • Ludwig Kloth, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • William Kloth, who arrived in Illinois in 1882 [1]

  • Jürgen Kloth (1915-1941), German Matrosengefr. dienstpfl. 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 on Facebook