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Hopper Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dancer from an agent derivative of Middle English hoppen ‘to dance hop leap’ (Old English hoppian). See Hoppe English: topographic name from Middle English hoper hopper in Sussex and Kent denoting someone who lived at a remote place probably an enclosed piece of land in marsh. The name derives from Middle English hop (see Hope ) + -er and was interchangeable with (atte) hope. English: possibly a variant of Hooper . German: nickname from an agent derivative of Middle High German Middle Low German hoppen ‘to limp or stumble’.

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

Similar surnames: Hopfer, Kopper, Hoppe, Nopper, Hoppes, Copper, Happe, Lepper, Hooper

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Where is the Hopper family from?

You can see how Hopper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hopper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hopper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 95 Hopper families living in New Jersey. This was about 22% of all the recorded Hopper's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Hopper families in 1840.
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What did your Hopper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hopper. 18% of Hopper men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hopper women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hopper were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 194,000 census records available for the last name Hopper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hopper 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Hopper. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Hopper. For the veterans among your Hopper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hopper lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Hopper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hopper in 1945 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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