Kleiman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kleiman family

The surname Kleiman 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.

Early History of the Kleiman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kleiman research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1745, 1761, 1790, 1818, 1777, 1609, 1666, 1849, 1925, 1590 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Kleiman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kleiman Spelling Variations

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 Kleiman include Klein, Kleinn, Kleine, Kleinne, Kleyn, Kleynn, Kline, Clein, Clein, Cline, Kleiner, Klinertz and many more.

Early Notables of the Kleiman family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Kleiman during this period were Daniel Klein (1609-1666), Lutheran pastor and scholar from Tilsit, Duchy of Prussia; and Felix Klein (1849-1925), who was an important German mathematician, founder of the institute of mathematics in Goettingen, and very influential...
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United States Kleiman migration to the United States +

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 Kleiman, or one of its variants above:

Kleiman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Kleiman, aged 31, who arrived in Missouri in 1847 [1]
  • Zwantje DeGroot Kleiman, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Hendrik Kleiman, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Henry Kleiman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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