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Claes is a masculine given name, a version of Nicholas, as well as a patronymic surname. It is also spelled Klas, Clas and Klaes.

Given name[edit]

Claes is a common first name in Sweden. It was also a common name in the Low countries until the 18th century, after which the spelling Klaas was largely adopted. People with the given name Claes include:



Claes is the 7th most common surname in Belgium (16,840 people in 1998) and the most common surname in Belgian Limburg.[1][2] In contrast, only 405 people have the surname in the Netherlands.[3] People with the last name Claes include:


  1. ^ Most common names in Belgium
  2. ^ Distribution of the name Claes in Belgium
  3. ^ Claes at the Meertens Institute database of surnames in the Netherlands

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