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Karlin Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Karlin, a suburb of Pinsk in Belarus, in which the Jews formed the majority of the population until the Holocaust. A well-known Hasidic sect originated in Karlin and at one time it attracted so many followers that a (now obsolete) Russian word for ‘Hasid’ was Karliner (of Yiddish origin). It is possible that at least some people taking this surname did so because they were members of this sect and not because they were born or lived in Karlin. German (also Kärlin) and Southern Slavic: from the personal name Karl (Slavic Karlo). See also Charles. Swedish: variant spelling of Carlin. Western Slavic: habitational name from places in Poland and Bohemia. Altered spelling of Russian Karélin, ethnic name for someone from Karelia (see Karjala). Altered spelling of German Gerling.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Carlin, Karlik, Ballin, Karlen, Kalin, Kalina, Kaplin, Markin, Kamin

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Where is the Karlin family from?

You can see how Karlin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karlin family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Karlin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Karlin families living in New Jersey. This was 100% of all the recorded Karlin's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Karlin families in 1840.
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What did your Karlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Karlin. 12% of Karlin men worked as a Salesman and 19% of Karlin women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karlin were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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 1940

  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Karlin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Karlin. For the veterans among your Karlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karlin lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Karlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Karlin in 1957 was 61, and 75 in 2004.

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