Last name origins & meanings:
- Variant spelling of German Klaus, which is from a
popular personal name, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see
Nicholas). This spelling is also found in Dutch.
- Occitan: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some sort,
such as a courtyard or farmyard, from Late Latin clausum
‘enclosure’, ‘closed’, originally the past participle of
claudere ‘to close’.
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