Klepper Family History
Klepper Name Meaning
Eastern German (mainly Silesian): from a dialect variant of Klöpfer (see Klopfer). German: nickname for a gossip, from Middle High German kleppern, klappern ‘to blabber, chatter, or gossip’. German: from the rare Middle High German word klepper ‘knight’s horse’, probably originally a metonymic occupational name for someone who tended or bred such animals. From the 16th century, however, the term came to denote a low-grade horse, a ‘nag’, and also someone who castrated horses. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who called people to the synagogue by rattling a stick, from an agent derivative of Yiddish klepn ‘to stick’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press