Kleine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Kleine family

The surname Kleine 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.

Important Dates for the Kleine family

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

Kleine Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Kleine include Klein, Kleinn, Kleine, Kleinne, Kleyn, Kleynn, Kline, Clein, Clein, Cline, Kleiner, Klinertz and many more.

Early Notables of the Kleine family (pre 1700)

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Kleine migration to the United States

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Kleine were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Kleine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Kleine, who landed in America in 1777 [1]
Kleine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Kleine, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • John Kleine, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Marg Elis Kleine, who landed in America in 1846 [1]
  • Margarietta Kleine, aged 6, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Mary Kleine, aged 34, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kleine (post 1700)

  • Martha Kleine, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 5th District, 1919; Candidate for New York State Senate 50th District, 1922 [2]
  • Henry E. Kleine, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 5th District, 1923, 1927 [2]
  • Ernest H. Kleine, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 6th District [2]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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