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Klemm Family History

Klemm Name Meaning

from Middle High German klem ‘narrow’, ‘tight’, ‘scarce’, hence a nickname for a thin or inhibited person, or alternatively a topographic name for someone living in a narrow, precipitous place, from the Middle High German noun form klemme ‘constriction’. short form of the personal name Klemens.

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


Similar surnames: Klemmer, Klamm, Klim, Klemp, Lemm, Klenk, Kimm, Klem, Klehm, Klee

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Where is the Klemm family from?

You can see how Klemm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klemm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Klemm families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Klemm family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Klemm's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Klemm families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Klemm surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Klemm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klemm. 18% of Klemm men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Klemm women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klemm were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Klemm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Klemm 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Klemm. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Klemm. For the veterans among your Klemm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klemm lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Klemm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Klemm in 1952 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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