Kaplan Family History

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Kaplan Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): surname used as a translation of Cohen, from German Kaplan or Polish kaplan ‘chaplain’, ‘curate’. German, Swedish, Czech, and Slovenian; Slovak (Kaplán); Polish (Kaplan); Hungarian (Káplán): status name for a deacon, chaplain, or curate (ultimately from Late Latin capellanus (see Chaplin 1), or a nickname for someone resembling a clergyman). Turkish: from kablan ‘tiger’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tiger, typically in having indomitable courage or spirit. In the form Kaplanis, this is also found as a Greek surname, with various patronymic and other derivatives (Kaplanidis, Kaplanoglou, Kaplanellis, etc.)

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

Similar surnames: Kaplon, Kalan, Kalin, Caplan, Kapral, Kalman, Kaplin, Kaplun, Caplin

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Kaplan Family Origin

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Kaplan Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kaplan family was Clothing. The most common Kaplan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Kaplan's were Farmers. Farmer, Tailor and Clerk In Store were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kaplan.

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  • Farmer

  • Tailor

  • Clerk In Store

  • Clothing


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Kaplan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Kaplan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaplan 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 57,000 immigration records available for the last name Kaplan. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Kaplan. For the veterans among your Kaplan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kaplan Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kaplan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kaplan in 1940 was 44, and 80 in 2004.

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