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Claes Name Meaning

Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Nik(o)laas (see Nicholas, Claassen, Claus).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Claeys, Klaes, Claus, Class, Klaus, Glaus, Lees, Clasen, Claps, Clem

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Where is the Claes family from?

You can see how Claes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Claes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Claes families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 13 Claes families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 62% of all the recorded Claes's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Claes families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Claes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Claes ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Claes. 36% of Claes men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Engineer
  • Machinist
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Claes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Claes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Claes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 558 military records available for the last name Claes. For the veterans among your Claes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Claes lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2003, in the United States, Claes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Claes in 1942 was 47, and 51 in 2003.

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