Von kleist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Von kleist comes from German Medieval given name Klaus.

Early Origins of the Von kleist family

The surname Von kleist was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Von kleist family

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Von kleist Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kleist, Von Kleist, Kleis, Kleiss, Kleste, Kleiste, Klest and many more.

Early Notables of the Von kleist family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Von kleist family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Eugen Benedikt Von Kleist, one of the Hessian troops in the American Revolutionary war, who was on record in North America in 1778; Caroline Kleist, who came from Bremen to New York city in 1851.


Contemporary Notables of the name Von kleist (post 1700) +

  • Ewald Christian von Kleist (1715-1759), German poet and soldier
  • Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881-1954), German Field Marshal


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