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Klar Name Meaning

German: nickname from Middle High German and Middle Low German klar ‘pure’, ‘beautiful’, ‘clear’. German: metronymic from the female personal name Klara, equivalent of Clara (see Clair and Sinclair). German: from a short form of the Latin personal name Hilarius (see Hillary). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Klar ‘clear’, ‘beautiful’. This surname is also found in Sweden, probably originally taken there from Germany.

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

Similar surnames: Klahr, Haar, Lau, Klas, Clare, Bar, Kar, Clar, Klee, Flad

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Where is the Klar family from?

You can see how Klar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klar family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Klar families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Klar families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 88% of all the recorded Klar's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Klar families in 1840.
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What did your Klar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klar. 22% of Klar men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Klar women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klar were Cabinet Maker 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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Cabinet Maker

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Klar. 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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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Klar. For the veterans among your Klar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klar lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Klar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Klar in 1956 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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