Klaus Family History
Klaus Name Meaning
German and Dutch: from the personal name Klaus a shortened form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas ). Compare Claus and Clouse . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Czechia Poland and Croatia. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Germanized or dialect form of Yiddish kloyz ‘Jewish house of worship or study’ (compare German Klause ‘hermitage’). Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Klavs Klavž or Klauž: from a Slovenized form of the German personal name Klaus (see 1 above) or from a short form of Miklavž from Latin Nicolaus (see Nicholas ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press