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Klemmer Name Meaning

German: nickname from an inflected form of Middle High German klem ‘narrow’, ‘tight’, ‘scarce’, or a topographic name klemme ‘constriction’, the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant (see Klem 1). (in northern Germany) occupational name for someone who worked with clay (i.e someone who applied the daub infill on timber-framed houses), Middle High German klemer. in various German dialects the word (an agent derivative of klemmen ‘to pinch, squeeze, or claw’) denotes a bird of prey and hence an uncouth young woman or a penny pincher (Tyrol).

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


Similar surnames: Klemm, Klepper, Krimmer, Kummer, Klever, Kleiber, Kleber, Lehmer

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Where is the Klemmer family from?

You can see how Klemmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klemmer family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Klemmer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Klemmer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 80% of all the recorded Klemmer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Klemmer families in 1840.
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What did your Klemmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klemmer. 17% of Klemmer men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Klemmer women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klemmer were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Carpenter
    12%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Klemmer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Klemmer. For the veterans among your Klemmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klemmer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Klemmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Klemmer in 1944 was 27, and 70 in 2004.

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