Meaning and Origin of: Close

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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 GermanKlose.

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