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Kleven Family History

Kleven Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from a place called Klevenow. German: variant of Kleve. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads all over Norway named Kleven, from the definite singular form of Kleve.

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


Similar surnames: Kleve, Leven, Klever, Cleven, Keeven, Kleier, Kleber, Cleve, Keelen

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Where is the Kleven family from?

You can see how Kleven families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kleven family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Kleven families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 48 Kleven families living in Minnesota. This was about 57% of all the recorded Kleven's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Kleven families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kleven surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kleven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kleven. 38% of Kleven men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Kleven women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kleven were Carpenter 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
    38%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    24%
  • Teacher
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Kleven. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kleven 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kleven. 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 896 military records available for the last name Kleven. For the veterans among your Kleven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kleven lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kleven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kleven in 1956 was 37, and 84 in 2004.

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