Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure
of some sort, such as a courtyard set back from the main street or a
farmyard, from Middle English clos(e) (Old French clos,
from Late Latin clausum, past participle of claudere ‘to
- English: from Middle English clos(e) ‘secret’,
applied as a nickname for a reserved or secretive person.
- Dutch: variant of Claeys.
- Altered spelling of German
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