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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Cap Family Origin

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Cap Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    41%
  • Keeping House

    16%
  • Captain

    3%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Captain were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cap. The most common Cap occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Cap's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cap family was Farm Laborer.

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Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cap

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