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since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Klein mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Klein

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  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Klein means "Small" and is of Unknown origin.
  • A submission from Mozambique says the name Klein means "Small" and is of African origin.
  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Klein is of German origin and means "Means little or small referring to the clans manning thereby small and little in numbers".
  • A user from Texas, United States says the name Klein is of German origin and means "Clings onto".

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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States fashion designer noted for understated fashions (born in 1942)
  2. United States psychoanalyst (born in Austria) who was the first to specialize in the psychoanalysis of small children (1882-1960)
  3. German mathematician who created the Klein bottle (1849-1925)

Notable Persons Named Klein

He passed away in 1573.


Klein was born in 1930.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Klein

Carole King is a pop music, soft rock, folk rock, and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. She was most active from 1958 to present. Carole was given the name Carol Joan Klein on February 9th, 1942 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.


Barbi Benton is a playboy model, recording artist, actress, interior decorator, playboy, and playboymodel. She was most active from 1970 to 1970. Barbi was given the name Barbara Lynn Klein on January 28th, 1950 in New York, New York, U.S.


Chris Klein is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Chris was given the name Frederick Christopher Klein on March 14th, 1979 in Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.


Naomi Klein is a non-fiction writer. She has been prominent since 1999. Naomi was born on May 8th, 1970 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Ezra Klein is a journalist, political pundit, pundit, and journalistandpolitical pundit. He holds the title Editor-in-Chief and Vox. Ezra was born on May 9th, 1984 in Irvine, California, United States.


Calvin Klein is a fashion designer. Calvin was given the name Calvin Richard Klein on November 19th, 1942 in Bronx, New York, U.S.


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Popularity of Klein as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Klein U.S.
  White 95.41% 64.26%
  African American 0.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Klein

People with the last name Klein are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Klein

  • How Popular is the name Klein? Klein is the 24,070th most popular name of all time. As a last name Klein was the 392nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Klein have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 248 babies born with the first name Klein in the United States. That's more than enough people named Klein to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Klein? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1984 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Klein first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Klein is Wednesday, September 19th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Klein born? The highest recorded use of the first name Klein was in 2013 with a total of 25 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Klein: Your name in reverse order is Nielk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kieln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Klein? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 81,471 people with the last name Klein.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Klein? Klein was ranked as the 392nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.