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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and North German : nickname from Middle Dutch or Low German cloec, clo(o)c ‘deft’, ‘skillful’, ‘clever’.
  • Dutch and North German : habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a bell, Middle High German glocke, Middle Dutch clocke. In some instances this may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a bell maker or bell ringer.
  • Dutch and North German : nickname from de Kloke ‘the wise one’, from Middle Low German kloke ‘wise person’.
  • Dutch and North German : Abraham Clock was one of the first carpenters in New Amsterdam in the 17th century.

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