Klein Family History

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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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Klein Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Klein name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Klein. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Klein Family Origin

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Klein Family Occupations

What did your Klein ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Klein occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Klein's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Klein. A less common occupation for the Klein family was Tailor.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Klein ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Klein Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Klein Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Klein ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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