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Harp Name Meaning

English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a harpist (see Harper), or occasionally a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a harp. English: habitational name from a minor place such as Harp House in Eastwood, Essex, or South Harp in South Petherton, Somerset, denoting a place where salt was produced, from Old English hearpe ‘harp’, an implement used in the processing of salt. Compare Harpham. German: metonymic occupational name for a harpist, from Middle High German harpfe ‘harp’. German: variant of Harpe.

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


Similar surnames: Hard, Hart, Happ, Carp, Karp, Hare, Harm, Haro, Harb, Hall

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Where is the Harp family from?

You can see how Harp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harp families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Harp families living in Kentucky. This was about 15% of all the recorded Harp's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Harp families in 1840.
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What did your Harp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Harp. 21% of Harp men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Harp women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harp were Farm Laborer and Laborer.

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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
    20%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Harp. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Harp. For the veterans among your Harp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harp lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Harp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Harp in 1948 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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