SOURCE: Occupation & Nickname
Meaning & History
From the word kloet (plural kloeten), which was a kind of punting-pole used in shipping during the 16th century. Kloet can be an occupational surname: kloeten were made by people with the profession of kloetenmaker (literally translated, "maker of kloeten") or kloeter. However, apart from a punting-pole, a kloet can also be something else: a cut off lump of clay. Finally, in the 16th century, kloet or kloete also used to be a nickname for goofy and stupid people.