Kleinfeld


Kleinfeld
This is one of the most famous of all surnames of Germanic origins. It is a nickname, and is recorded in some fifty spellings ranging from Klein, Kleyn, and Cline, to De Cleyne, Kleinermann, and Klejna, and with many compounds such as Kleinbaum and Kleinhandler. However spelt the origination is pre 7th century a.d., and the derivation is from the words klein or kleyne meaning "small". In ancient times before the introduction of surnames in about the 12th century, nicknames, particulary those of endearment were very popular. In this case the word was probably applied to the youngest member of a family, although it could also have applied to one of small stature or even the reverse! Pre-medieval humour was both robust and personalised, so "Klein" may on occasion have been a nickname for a large person! The surname is one of the first ever recorded anywhere, and early examples taken from the authentic German charters and registers of the period, confirm its popularity. These include Walthem der Kleine of Kassel in the year 1209, Kounrad Claineman of Oberschwaben in 1283, Conrad Klainer of Friedingen in 1424, and Johan Klainhain of Konstanz in 1469. The first known recording of the surname anywhere in the world is probably that of Herolt der Kleine from Wurzburg, Germany, in the charters of that city for the year 1185. Surnames throughout the world have continued to "develop" over the centuries. This often leads to spellings far from their original form.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kleinfeld — is a surname and may refer to:People*Andrew Kleinfeld, American federal judge, husband to Judith *Gerald R. Kleinfeld, founder of the German Studies Association *Judith Kleinfeld, American professor and author, wife to Andrew *Klaus Kleinfeld,… …   Wikipedia

  • Kleinfeld — bezeichnet einen Ortsteil von Hernstein in Österreich einen Ortsteil der Stadt Schönberg im Landkreis Nordwestmecklenburg in Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Deutschland) Klaus Kleinfeld (* 1957), einen deutschen Manager und ehemaligen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kleinfeld — Herkunftsnamen zu Ortsnamen wie Kleinfeld (Mecklenburg), Kleinfelden (Bayern). 2. Wohnstättennamen für jemanden, der an/bei einem kleinen Feld wohnte …   Wörterbuch der deutschen familiennamen

  • Kleinfeld — Klein|feld, das (Handball, Hockey): kleineres Spielfeld, wie es für das Spiel in der Halle vorgeschrieben ist. * * * Klein|feld, das (Handball, Hockey): kleineres Spielfeld, wie es für das Spiel in der Halle vorgeschrieben ist …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Kleinfeld — Klein|feld (Handball, Hockey) …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • Klaus Christian Kleinfeld — Klaus Kleinfeld (2006) Klaus Christian Kleinfeld (* 6. November 1957 in Bremen) ist ein deutscher Manager und war vom 27. Januar 2005 bis zum 30. Juni 2007 Vorstandsvorsitzender der Siemens AG. Während der Aufdeckung einer „Schmiergeldaffäre“ im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Klaus Kleinfeld — (2006) Klaus Christian Kleinfeld (* 6. November 1957 in Bremen) ist ein deutscher Manager und war vom 27. Januar 2005 bis zum 30. Juni 2007 Vorstandsvorsitzender der Siemens AG. Während der Aufdeckung einer Korruptionsaffäre im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Klaus Kleinfeld — (born November 6 1957 in Bremen, Germany) was chief executive officer (CEO) of Siemens AG from 2005 until July 2007.On April 25, 2007, Siemens AG distributed a press release announcing that Kleinfeld was not available for a renewal of his… …   Wikipedia

  • Andrew Kleinfeld — Infobox Judge name = Andrew Jay Kleinfeld imagesize = 120px caption = office = Judge on United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit termstart = September 16, 1991 termend = nominator = George H. W. Bush appointer = predecessor = Alfred… …   Wikipedia

  • Reinhold Kleinfeld — (Kleinfeldius; * 1575; † 1628) war Rechtsstudent in Leyden, Italien und Frankreich, ab 1602 war er Ratssekretär in Danzig. Reinhold Kleinfeld wird 1640 als Pächter von Wartsch genannt, Besitzer von Hohenwalde. 1619 heiratete er 1619 Brigitta… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.