Harp Family History

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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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Harp Family Origin

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Harp Family Occupations

What did your Harp ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Harp family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harp. The most common Harp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Harp's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Harp Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Harp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harp 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 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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Draft Card

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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Harp Life Expectancy

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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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