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Klepper Name Meaning

Eastern German (mainly Silesian): from a dialect variant of Klöpfer (see Klopfer). German: nickname for a gossip, from Middle High German kleppern, klappern ‘to blabber, chatter, or gossip’. German: from the rare Middle High German word klepper ‘knight’s horse’, probably originally a metonymic occupational name for someone who tended or bred such animals. From the 16th century, however, the term came to denote a low-grade horse, a ‘nag’, and also someone who castrated horses. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who called people to the synagogue by rattling a stick, from an agent derivative of Yiddish klepn ‘to stick’.

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

Similar surnames: Klapper, Lepper, Knepper, Klemmer, Klepfer, Klopfer, Clapper, Kipper

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Where is the Klepper family from?

You can see how Klepper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klepper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Klepper families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Klepper families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Klepper's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Klepper families in 1840.
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What did your Klepper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klepper. 18% of Klepper men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Klepper women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klepper were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Klepper. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Klepper. For the veterans among your Klepper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klepper lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Klepper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Klepper in 1947 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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