Karp Family History
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