One of the most famous of all surnames of Germanic origins, and recorded in some fifty spelling ranging from Klaus, Kloss and Koilas, to Kollatsch, Kulik and Clausen, this is a shortform or nickname. It derives from the ancient Greek name "Nikolaos", which as a surname is perhaps even more popular than Klaus! Either way the name translates as "The conquering people", a theme which no doubt contributed to its huge popularity. The Great Crusades to supposedly free the Holy Land and particularly Jerusalem, from the Saracens, in the 11th and 12th century, lead to a further boost for Klaus and its derivatives. It was the fashion for returning crusaders and pilgrims to call their children by early biblical or hebrew names, or names associated with Ancient Greece. It was from Greece that most of the crusades were launched. There were twelve in all, and all failed, but it did not dent the enthusiasm for the names. This was to lead to much confusion later, when it was realised in the "age of enlightenment", that many Christian familys carry, and still continue to carry, Hebrew or Jewish names such as Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, as surnames. With this name the earliest of all recordings are to be found in German charters and registers of the medieval period. These include examples such as Henricus Claus of Eblingen in 1323, Wolframus Klusner of Goddelau in 1398, and Tobias Clausnitzer of Thun, christened there in 1619. The earliest of all recordings is probably that of Uzo Claus of Eblingen, Germany, in the charters of that city for the year 1294.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Liste der Namen ehemals ostpreußischer Orte in Polen — Diese Liste der Namen ehemals ostpreußischer Orte in Polen stellt die bis 1945 geltenden Ortsnamen den heutigen polnischen Ortsnamen gegenüber. In Masuren im südlichen Ostpreußen hatten die meisten Orte Namen, die einen masurischen oder… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Furmanowo (Kaliningrad, Bagrationowsk) — Ehemaliges Dorf Furmanowo (Klein Dexen, Schlawitten, Wonditten) Фурманово Föderationskreis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Moss FK — Moss Full name Moss Fotballklubb Nickname(s) Kællane (The Lads) Founded August 28, 1906 Ground …   Wikipedia

  • Continental Airlines Flight 1713 — Accident summary Date November 15, 1987 Type Loss of control due to icing Site …   Wikipedia

  • Bud Collins — Arthur Worth Bud Collins, Jr. (born June 17, 1929 in Lima, Ohio) is an American journalist and television sportscaster, best known for his tennis commentary. Collins is married to photographer Anita Ruthling Klaussen.EducationCollins is a 1947… …   Wikipedia

  • Wallen, Germany — Infobox Ort in Deutschland Name = Wallen image photo = Wappen = kein lat deg = 54 |lat min = 17 |lat sec = 8 lon deg = 9 |lon min = 16 |lon sec = 5 Lageplan = Wallen in HEI.png Bundesland = Schleswig Holstein Kreis = Dithmarschen Amt = KLG Eider… …   Wikipedia

  • Landkreis Lyck — Der Landkreis Lyck war ein Landkreis in Ostpreußen, der als preußisch deutscher Landkreis in der Zeit zwischen 1818 und 1945 bestand. Der Landkreis Lyck umfasste am 1. Januar 1945: die Stadt Lyck, 157 Gemeinden, von denen nur der Grenzort… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Städte und Ortschaften in der Oblast Kaliningrad — Städte in der Oblast Kaliningrad, Russland (andere Ortsbezeichnungen kursiv) Inhaltsverzeichnis A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Martin Maletius — (* 9. Januar 1634 in Bialla; † 13. Januar 1711 in Königsberg) aus der Familie Maletius war preußischer Theologe und Pfarrer an der Polnischen Kirche Steindamm in Königsberg. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Jugend 2 Die Jahre bis 1682 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orzysz — Orzysz …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.