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Kley Family History

Kley Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a pet form of the personal name Nikolaus (German) or Nicolaas (Dutch). German and Dutch: topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived near fields of clay or who worked with the material from Middle Low German or Dutch klei ‘clay’. German; Dutch (also Van der Kley): habitational name from any of various places called Kley or Klei notably in Westphalia and the Netherlands of the same origin as 2 above. Compare Klei . Possibly also an Americanized form of German Klee .

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

Similar surnames: Ley, Iley, Klee, Eley, Krey, Klem, Oley, Fey, Kyles, Keel

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Where is the Kley family from?

You can see how Kley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Kley family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kley's in USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Kley families in 1840.
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What did your Kley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kley. 13% of Kley men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Kley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kley were Clerk and Typist. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Typist
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Kley lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Kley in 1951 was 42, and 81 in 2004.

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