Show ContentsKlingler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Klingler 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 Klingler family

The surname Klingler 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 Klingler family

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Klingler 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 Klingler family (pre 1700)

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Klingler Ranking

In the United States, the name Klingler is the 14,272nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Klingler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Klingler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Henrick Klingler, aged 50, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Theobald Klingler, aged 24, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
Klingler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Klingler, who arrived in Illinois in 1847 [2]
  • Anna Klingler, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Christian Klingler, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • H Julius Klingler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Klingler (post 1700) +

  • Gwen Klingler, American politician, former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1995-2003)
  • David Klingler (b. 1969), former American NFL football player, active 1992 through 1998, winner of the 1990 Sammy Baugh Trophy
  • Martin Klingler (1858-1933), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912; postmaster at Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1914-22 [3]
  • Eugene A. Klingler, American politician, Mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, 1982-83, 1987-88, 1991-92 [3]
  • Werner Klingler (1903-1972), German film director and actor who directed 29 films between 1936 and 1968
  • Alfred Klingler (b. 1912), German gold medalist field handball player at the 1936 Summer Olympics

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook