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Happ Family History

Happ Name Meaning

South German: metonymic occupational name for someone who made sickles or who used a sickle, from Middle High German happe, heppe ‘sickle’, ‘vineyard worker’s hook’. German: from a reduced form of the medieval German personal names Hadebald or Hadebert (see Happel).

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


Similar surnames: Happe, Napp, Hipp, Harp, Hopp, Kapp, Rapp, Tapp, Lapp, Papp

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Where is the Happ family from?

You can see how Happ families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Happ family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Happ families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Happ families living in Ohio. This was about 43% of all the recorded Happ's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Happ families in 1840.
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What did your Happ ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Happ. 17% of Happ men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Happ women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Happ were Machinist 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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Happ. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Happ census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Happ. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Happ. For the veterans among your Happ ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Happ lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Happ life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Happ in 1942 was 44, and 79 in 2004.

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