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The name Kleiber 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. Kleiber is a nickname surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Kleiber is a name for a small or short person deriving its origin from the German word "klien," which means "small."

Kleiber Early Origins



The surname Kleiber was 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.

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Kleiber Spelling Variations


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Kleiber Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Kleiber include Klein, Kleinn, Kleine, Kleinne, Kleyn, Kleynn, Kline, Clein, Clein, Cline, Kleiner, Klinertz and many more.

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Kleiber Early History


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Kleiber Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kleiber 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 Kleiber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kleiber Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kleiber Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kleiber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Kleiber, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Kleiber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Kleiber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767
  • Henrich Kleiber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767

Kleiber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Kleiber, aged 32, landed in Missouri in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kleiber (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kleiber (post 1700)



  • Dávid Kleiber (b. 1990), Hungarian football player
  • Stanislava Kleiber (1937-2003), Slovenian ballerina
  • Erich Kleiber (1890-1956), Austrian conductor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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    The Kleiber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kleiber 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 October 2012 at 11:37.

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