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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."

Kleine Early Origins



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.

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Kleine Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kleine Early History


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Kleine Early History



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

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Kleine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kleine Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Kleine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Kleine, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Kleine, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1841
  • Marg Elis Kleine, who landed in America in 1846
  • Margarietta Kleine, aged 6, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Mary Kleine, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kleine (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Ernest H. Kleine, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 6th District

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kleine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kleine 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 6 October 2015 at 10:30.

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