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Cap Name Meaning
Ukrainian, Jewish (from Ukraine), Polish, Serbian, and Hungarian (Cáp): from Ukrainian tsap ‘billy goat’, Polish cap, and so probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a goat herd.Czech (Cáp): nickname for a tall or long-legged man, from cáp ‘stork’.Southern French: from Occitan cap ‘head’ (Latin caput); probably a nickname for a person with something distinctive about his head. The word was often used in the metaphorical sense ‘chief’, ‘principal’, and the surname may also have denoted a leader or a village elder. In some cases it may also be a topographic name from the same word used in the sense of a promontory or headland.Americanized spelling of German Kapp.English: variant spelling of Capp.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cap Families

  • Number of Cap families
     12 - 21
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cap families
     7 - 11
     3 - 6
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Cap last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cap Family Origin

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Cap Immigration Information

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Cap Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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