The Klitz Family can be dated back to the early 18th century with Jacobus Klitz who was born in Metelen in around 1709. The records for this period are incomplete and difficult to reserach. However, Jacobus' daughter, Elisabeth, moved to the town of Schoppingen and worked for a family at the age of 10 in the year 1750. It appears that Elisabeth's brother, Christophorus, followed her to Schoppingen, and settled there, marrying in 1773. Click here to see the original documents and records we have for the Klitz family, including Census Records, Church Records and Land Records. Our version of the complete family history can be found here.
So far, we have been unable to determine how the Klitz name originated. Klitz is not a widespread name in Germany. The name is a diminutive version of Kliment (Clement).
Some theories are that when last names came into fashion in the late middle ages, the our ancestors, most likely peasants or people of the land, may have taken their name from their lords/landowners name. In eastern Germany, the von Klitzing family were noble landowners going as far back as the 10th century. Another possibility is that our ancestors took the name of their town for their last name. There exist the towns of Klitzschen and Klitzschena in eastern central Germany that could be the original hometown(s). We have found that there are Klitzes in England. They have also documented their research online.
This page was last updated on: June 17, 2017