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Kaplan Family History

Kaplan Name Meaning
Jewish (Ashkenazic): surname used as a translation of Cohen, from German Kaplan or Polish kaplan ‘chaplain’, ‘curate’.German, Swedish, Czech, and Slovenian; Slovak (Kaplán); Polish (Kaplan); Hungarian (Káplán): status name for a deacon, chaplain, or curate (ultimately from Late Latin capellanus (see Chaplin 1), or a nickname for someone resembling a clergyman).Turkish: from kablan ‘tiger’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tiger, typically in having indomitable courage or spirit. In the form Kaplanis, this is also found as a Greek surname, with various patronymic and other derivatives (Kaplanidis, Kaplanoglou, Kaplanellis, etc.

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

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21,368 Military Records
50,395 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Kaplan Families

  • Number of Kaplan families
     908 - 1,813
     303 - 907
     1 - 302
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kaplan families
     14 - 26
     5 - 13
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kaplan families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kaplan Family Origin

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Kaplan Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Kaplan

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Kaplan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Military Service by Kaplan

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