Kline History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kline family

The surname Kline 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 Kline family

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

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

Early Notables of the Kline family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Kline 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 Kline 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 Kline were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Kline Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bernhard Kline, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Jacob Kline, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Godfried Kline, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Theobald Kline, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Kline Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Kline, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • Andrew Kline, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • Francis A Kline, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Peter Kline, aged 25, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • John Kline, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kline Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Samuel Kline, who landed in Mississippi in 1900 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kline (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Delaney Kline (b. 1947), American Academy Award and three-time Tony Award winning, two-time BAFTA and five-time Golden Globe nominated stage and film actor, probably best known for his role in A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • Sister Consolata M. Kline (1916-2016), American Sister of the Catholic Church and the Executive Director of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center
  • Colby Kline, American actress, known for her work on Just Go with It (2011), The Last Boy Scout (1991) and Problem Child (1990)
  • Owen Joseph Kline (b. 1991), American Gotham Award winning actor, known for The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Anniversary Party (2001) and John's Gone (2010)
  • Richard Kline (b. 1944), American actor, known for Three's Company (1977), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
  • Forrest Scott Kline (b. 1983), American musician and songwriterlead singer and guitarist
  • Ronald Lee Kline (1932-2002), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1952 to 1970
  • Steven James "Steve" Kline (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles H. Kline (1870-1933), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Otis Adelbert Kline (1891-1946), American adventure novelist
  • ... (Another 69 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Edwin Kline, American Gunner's Mate Second Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]


Suggested Readings for the name Kline +

  • 660 The Jacob Snyder Family History by Loucile Ruth Mayhew Heckman, Cline-Kline Family by Paul G. Kline.

  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. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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