July 29th, 2008
I have finally gotten around to publishing the first part of Fred Kloppenburg’s family history. This part provides a deep background of origins of the name Kloppenburg, back in Germany, and also provides a wide ranging background and history of the area from whence the Kloppenburgs emerged.
My personal favourite part of this history concerns the meaning of the name Kloppenburg. As my father explains, the Kloppen part means “‘fighting’, beating, defeating, thrashing or raising hell.” The burg part means simply a fortification.
So, as I like to tell my friends and acquaintances, Kloppenburg can be translated in the vernacular to mean “Fort Whoop-Ass”.
Soon I will publish the next part of the family history, which is an account of actual ancestors, going back exactly 400 years to when Wilcke Kloppenburg was born in Nordemoor, in what is now modern day Germany. Later this history traces the movement of the family to the Netherlands.