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Klim Name Meaning

Polish and Sorbian: from a short form of the personal name Kliment, Klemens, from the Latin personal name Clemens (see Clement). Perhaps also a variant of South German Klimm, a topographic name from Middle High German klimme ‘height’, ‘hill’. nickname for a fearful person, from Middle High German klimpfen ‘to press’, ‘to oppress’.

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

Similar surnames: Keim, Klima, Lim, Klem, Keil, Klee, Klos, Klein, Klitz, Krim

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Where is the Klim family from?

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

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klim. 43% of Klim men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Klim women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klim were Machinist and Attendant.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housework
  • Attendant
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Klim. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Klim 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 978 immigration records available for the last name Klim. 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 698 military records available for the last name Klim. For the veterans among your Klim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klim lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2003, in the United States, Klim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Klim in 1958 was 31, and 77 in 2003.

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