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Cape Name Meaning

English (northern): metonymic occupational name for a maker of capes and cloaks or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore a cloak or cape from Middle English and Old Norman French cape ‘cape cloak hooded cloak’ from Late Latin cappa capa probably a derivative of caput ‘head’ (see Capp ). There is also an Old English word cāpe ‘cape cloak’ from the same Late Latin word but the normal development of this in southern England was Middle English cope (see Cope ). French (Capé): nickname for someone who habitually wore a cape (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Capel, Cope, Cave, Cane, Cade, Cap, Pape, Capp, Cage, Cale

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Where is the Cape family from?

You can see how Cape families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cape family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cape families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Cape families living in Ohio. This was about 31% of all the recorded Cape's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Cape families in 1840.
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What did your Cape ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cape. 25% of Cape men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Cape women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cape were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cape. 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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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Cape. For the veterans among your Cape ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cape lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Cape life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cape in 1948 was 23, and 70 in 2004.

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