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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 close’). 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 Klose.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Clos, Crose, Clare, Grose, Clower, Closs, Lose, Klos, Loose, Clore