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Where did the German Klein family come from? What is the German Klein family crest and coat of arms? When did the Klein family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Klein family history?The name Klein comes from the German province known as the Rhineland. In pre-medieval times, the German people used only one name, but as the population increased, hereditary surnames became necessary for people to maintain unique identities. Klein is a nickname surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Klein is a name for a small or short person deriving its origin from the German word "klien," which means "small."
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Klein include Klein, Kleinn, Kleine, Kleinne, Kleyn, Kleynn, Kline, Clein, Clein, Cline, Kleiner, Klinertz and many more.
First found in the Rhineland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klein research. Another 491 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1745, 1761, 1790, 1818, 1777, 1609, 1666, 1849 and 1925 are included under the topic Early Klein History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Klein, or one of its variants above:
Klein Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Klein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Klein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Klein Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Klein Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Klein Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Klein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klein Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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