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Clapper Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): topographic name from Middle English claper generally denoting someone who lived by a rabbit warren. In southern counties however it often denoted a clapper bridge a rough or natural bridge across a stream. The Devon clapper bridge common on Dartmoor was made of flat stones laid across stone pillars. Alternatively a nickname for a chatterer from Middle English claper ‘the tongue of a bell or of a noisy person’. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Klapper ‘chatterer’.

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

Similar surnames: Klapper, Knapper, Klepper, Capper, Tapper, Lepper, Napper, Happe

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Where is the Clapper family from?

You can see how Clapper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clapper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clapper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 47 Clapper families living in New York. This was about 51% of all the recorded Clapper's in USA. New York had the highest population of Clapper families in 1840.
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What did your Clapper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clapper. 25% of Clapper men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Clapper women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clapper were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 812 immigration records available for the last name Clapper. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Clapper. For the veterans among your Clapper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clapper lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Clapper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Clapper in 1949 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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