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Karp Name Meaning

German Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Middle High German karp(f)e Middle Low German karpe or Slavic (Russian and Polish) and Yiddish karp ‘carp’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisherman or seller of these fish or a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish. As a Jewish surname it is often artificial. Polish Ukrainian and German: from the personal name Karp a shortened vernacular form of Latin Polycarpus Greek Polykarpos ‘fruitful’ (see Polycarpe ).

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


Similar surnames: Karpf, Carp, Kamp, Kapp, Harp, Kara, Kalp, Karg, Karl, Kark

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Where is the Karp family from?

You can see how Karp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Karp families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Karp family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Karp's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Karp families in 1840.
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What did your Karp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Karp. 15% of Karp men worked as a Salesman and 9% of Karp women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karp were Proprietor and Housewife. .

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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

  • Salesman
    15%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Karp. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Karp. For the veterans among your Karp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karp lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Karp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Karp in 1942 was 38, and 81 in 2004.

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