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Klein Family History

Klein Name Meaning

German Flemish and Jewish (Ashkenazic); Dutch (also De Klein): from Middle High German German Dutch klein ‘small’ or Yiddish kleyn. This was a nickname for a person of small stature but is also often found as a distinguishing name for a junior male usually a son in German names such as Kleinhans and Kleinpeter . The surname of German origin is also found in many other European countries notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Belgium Poland Hungary Czechia and Slovakia. It is often a German translation of corresponding Slavic surnames for example Czech and Slovak Malý (see Maly ). Compare Klain Klien and Kline .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Stein, Lein, Wein, Kleyn, Plein, Kleid, Keil, Kuehn, Kamin, Levin

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Where is the Klein family from?

You can see how Klein families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klein family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Klein families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 149 Klein families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 37% of all the recorded Klein's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Klein families in 1911.
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What did your Klein ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Klein. 55% of Klein men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Klein women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klein were Tailor and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Tailor

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 332,000 census records available for the last name Klein. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Klein census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 123,000 immigration records available for the last name Klein. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 114,000 military records available for the last name Klein. For the veterans among your Klein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klein lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Klein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Klein in 1940 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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