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Cap Name Meaning

Polish Slovak Rusyn (from Slovakia and Poland) and Jewish (from Ukraine); Hungarian (Cáp): from Polish and Slovak cap Rusyn and Ukrainian tsap ‘he-goat’ and so probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a goatherd. Compare Czap . Czech (Čáp): nickname for a tall or long-legged man from čáp ‘stork’. Compare Chap and Czap . Americanized form of Ukrainian and Rusyn Tsap a cognate of 1 above. Breton (also Le Cap) and French: from Breton kab and Occitan cap (from Latin caput) ‘head’ or in the metaphorical sense ‘chief’ also ‘promontory’. This may have been a topographic name for someone living on a promontory or headland or a nickname for a stubborn person or for a person with something distinctive about his head or perhaps a status name for a village elder. This surname is found mainly in Finistère in Brittany. Compare Capp . English (North Yorkshire): variant of Capp . Americanized form of Dutch or German Kap a cognate/variant of German Kapp .

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


Similar surnames: Capo, Carp, Cape, Capp, Car, Cal, Yap, Camp, Cale, Lau

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You can see how Cap families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cap family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cap families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Cap families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Cap's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Cap families in 1840.
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What did your Cap ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cap. 33% of Cap men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Cap women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cap were Machinist and Stenographer. .

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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
    33%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • New Worker
    9%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    20%
  • Assembler
    20%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Stenographer
    14%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Cap. For the veterans among your Cap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cap lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cap in 1944 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

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