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Klein Family History

Klein Name Meaning

German, Dutch (also de Klein(e)) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Dutch, German 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 names such as Kleinhans and Kleinpeter. This name is common and widespread throughout central and eastern Europe.

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


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 the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 30 Klein families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Klein's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Klein families in 1840.
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What did your Klein ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klein. 10% of Klein men worked as a Salesman and 9% of Klein women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klein were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    10%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    5%
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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 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 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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