Klotz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Klotz 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 Klotz family

The surname Klotz 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 Klotzes 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 Klotz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klotz research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1668, 1738, 1764, 1771, 1773, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Klotz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Klotz 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 Klotz family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klotz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Klotz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klotz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catharina Klotz, who emigrated from the Palatinate to New York in 1710
  • Sophia Catharina Klotz, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1717
  • Ludwig Klotz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Johann Jacob Klotz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Hans Leonhard Klotz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Klotz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Philip Klotz, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Georg Klotz, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War
  • George Klotz, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1833 [1]
  • Johannes Klotz, aged 23, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Henry Klotz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Klotz migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klotz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Cedward Klotz, who was living in Toronto in 1871

New Zealand Klotz migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Klotz Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Klotz, (b. 1851), aged 23, Polish settler from Poland travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Klotz (post 1700) +

  • Florence Klotz (1920-2006), American Tony award winning costume designer on Broadway and film
  • Irving Myron Klotz (b. 1916), well-known American chemist and author
  • Robert Klotz (1819-1895), American democrat, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Solon T. Klotz (1866-1948), American politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1934-35 [3]
  • Samuel Klotz, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Nassau County 5th District, 1954 [3]
  • Rudolph Klotz, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 26th District, 1873-75 [3]
  • Robert Klotz (1819-1895), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1848; Delegate to Kansas State Constitutional Convention, 1855 [3]
  • Jacob Klotz, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1889-90 [3]
  • Ignatius Klotz, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1885-87 [3]
  • Günther Klotz (b. 1911), mayor in Germany
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Klotz +

  • 4897 The Descendants of Johann Jacob Klotz in America by Ralph Dean Kluttz.

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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