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Dunlap Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Kilmarnock named Dunlop from Gaelic dùn ‘fort’ + possibly lápach ‘muddy’. The traditional pronunciation places the stress on the second syllable although nowadays it is usually placed on the first.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dunlop, Dunlay, Dunnam, Dunman, Munday, Duran, Fulp, Dunham, Delap

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Where is the Dunlap family from?

You can see how Dunlap families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunlap family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunlap families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 164 Dunlap families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 22% of all the recorded Dunlap's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dunlap families in 1840.
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What did your Dunlap ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dunlap. 17% of Dunlap men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Dunlap women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunlap were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunlap. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 41,000 military records available for the last name Dunlap. For the veterans among your Dunlap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunlap lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dunlap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1941. The average life expectancy for Dunlap in 1940 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

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