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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish (Roscommon and Longford) : variant of (Mac)Kilcline, an Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chlaoin ’son of the deceitful lad’, from claon ‘deceitful’.
  • Scottish : habitational name from any of various places named Clyne, from Gaelic claon ‘slope’.
  • Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Klein.

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