Cape Family History

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Cape Name Meaning

French and English: 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’ (in French also ‘hood’ or ‘hat’), from Late Latin cappa, capa, probably a derivative of caput ‘head’ (see Capp). There is also an Old English word cape ‘cape’, ‘cloak’, from the same Late Latin word, but the normal development of this in southern England was Middle English cope (see Cope).

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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Cape Family Origin

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Cape Family Occupations

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 US 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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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer

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

Cape Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Cape. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cape census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Cape Life Expectancy

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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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