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Happe Name Meaning

English: from Middle English hap(pe) ‘chance’, ‘luck’, ‘fortune’ (from Old Norse happ), applied as a nickname for someone considered fortunate or well favored. Compare Chance, Fortune. German, Dutch, and northern French (Picardy): from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old French happe ‘hook’, ‘hatchet’, ‘pruning hook’, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such implements or for someone who used one in his work. Compare Heppe. 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: Happ, Happel, Pape, Hoppe, Tappe, Heppe, Huppe, Happy, Lampe, Hippe

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Where is the Happe family from?

You can see how Happe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Happe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Happe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Happe families living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Happe's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Happe families in 1840.
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What did your Happe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Happe. 21% of Happe men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Happe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Happe were Machinist and Beautician.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Cashier
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Beautician
    10%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Happe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Happe 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 Happe. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Happe. For the veterans among your Happe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Happe lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Happe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Happe in 1962 was 65, and 83 in 2004.

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