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Claus Family History

Claus Name Meaning

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’.

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


Similar surnames: Klaus, Glaus, Claes, Class, Claps, Lau, Clauss, Plass, Claar, Laut

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Where is the Claus family from?

You can see how Claus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Claus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Claus families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 124 Claus families living in Ontario. This was about 85% of all the recorded Claus's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Claus families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Claus surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Claus ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Claus. 50% of Claus 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
    50%
  • Farming
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Labourer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    100%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Claus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Claus 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Claus. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Claus. For the veterans among your Claus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Claus lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Claus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Claus in 1945 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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