Klinge Family History

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Klinge Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived in a valley or ravine, or near a mountain stream, Middle High German klinge ‘murmuring brook’. There are many places named with this word, and the surname may also be a habitational name from any of them. North German: topographic name for someone living near a ford or on boggy moorland, from Low German klinge ‘ford’, ‘muddy heath’, or a habitational name from Klinge in Schleswig-Holstein, Klingen, or any of several other places containing the element klinge ‘ford’. German and Danish: metonymic occupational name for a cutler or swordsmith, from Middle High German klinge ‘metal blade’, ‘sword’ (a later imitative derivative of klingen ‘to ring or clatter’). Dutch and Belgian: topographic name meaning ‘valley’ or habitational name from places named Klinge in East Flanders and Zeeland. Swedish: variant of Kling.

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

Similar surnames: Linge, Linde, Klink, Kring, Kling, King, Winge, Slinger, Klingner

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Klinge Family Origin

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Klinge Family Occupations

What did your Klinge ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Keeping House, Farmer and Harness Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Klinge. A less common occupation for the Klinge family was Machinist. The most common Klinge occupation in the USA was Keeping House. 14% of Klinge's were Keeping Houses.

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  • Keeping House

  • Farmer

  • Harness Maker

  • Machinist


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Klinge Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Klinge. 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 Card

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

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Klinge Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Klinge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Klinge in 1950 was 33, and 83 in 2004.

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