Show ContentsKlinge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Klinge is a local surname; more specifically, it is a topographical surname, derived from a feature of the physical geography near where the original bearer lived or held land. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old German word for ravine or gorge.

Early Origins of the Klinge family

The surname Klinge was first found in Swabia, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Hugo der Clingere of Breisgau (c.1200,) Heydeke bei dem Clinghe of Quedlinburg in the Harz Mountains (c.1300,) Clingeler of Wuerttemberg (c.1283,) and Heincz in der Clingen of Wuerzburg (c.1409).

Early History of the Klinge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klinge research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1752, 1812 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Klinge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Klinge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kling, Klingel, Klinge, Klinger, Klingler, Klingen, Klingle, Klingele, Klinghe, Clinghe, Cling, Clingel, Clinge, Clinger, Clingere, Clingen, Clingle, Clingeler, Klingeler, Klinglin and many more.

Early Notables of the Klinge family

Notables with the surname Klinge during this period were

  • Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger, who was born in 1752 in Frankfurt and died in 1831 as president of the St...


United States Klinge migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klinge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arend Klinge, who arrived in America in 1783 [1]
Klinge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clara Klinge, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • George Klinge, who arrived in Maryland in 1837 [1]
  • Friedrich Klinge, who arrived in Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Orient"
  • A Geri Klinge, who landed in America in 1846 [1]
  • Mr. Carl Klinge, aged 18, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Orient"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Klinge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Klinge, aged 7, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Carl Klinge, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Hepbolt Klinge, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Barbara Klinge, aged 26, who settled in America from Uder, Germany, in 1908
  • Gustav Klinge, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Bremen, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Klinge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klinge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Hanss Jurgen Klinge, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1753
  • Arend Klinge, who settled in Canada with the United Empire Loyalists in 1783

Contemporary Notables of the name Klinge (post 1700) +

  • Manuel Klinge (b. 1984), German professional ice hockey right winger
  • Matti Klinge (1936-2023), Finnish historian
  • Jenny Klinge (b. 1975), Norwegian politician for the Centre Party


  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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