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Klem Name Meaning

German:: from a short form of the personal name Klemens (see Clement ). variant of Klemm .

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

Similar surnames: Klim, Clem, Klehm, Klemm, Lem, Klee, Kley, Klema, Prem, Klos

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Where is the Klem family from?

You can see how Klem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Klem families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Klem families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Klem's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Klem families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Klem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Klem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Klem. 20% of Klem men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Klem women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klem were Carpenter and Seamstress. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Secretary
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Klem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Klem 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Klem. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Klem. For the veterans among your Klem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klem lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Klem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Klem in 1945 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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