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Clausen is a Danish patronymic surname, literally meaning child of Claus, Claus being a German form of the Greek Νικόλαος, Nikolaos, (cf. Nicholas), used in Denmark at least since the 16th century.[1] The spelling variant Klausen has identical pronunciation (as does the often interchangeable Claussen). The two variants are number 34 and 85 on the top100 of surnames in Denmark.[2] Occurrences of Clausen/Klausen as a surname outside Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein are due to immigration. Immigrants to English-speaking countries sometimes changed the spelling to Clauson.





  1. ^ Søndergaard, Georg (2000) Danske For- og Efternavne. Askholms Forlag. ISBN 87-90721-17-9
  2. ^ University of Copenhagen - Name Research Section
  3. ^ "Hugh Clausen". Grace's Guide. 
  4. ^ "Major General (Ret) Hugh J. Clausen". Robinson Funeral Home. 
  5. ^ John Henry Clausen