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 of ornamental origin. Polish, Russian, and German: from a reduced vernacular form of the Greek saint’s name Polykarpos (meaning ‘rich in fruit’), or Karponios (from Greek karpos ‘fruit’, a word with mystical connotations among early Christians). This was the name of an early Christian leader said to have known the Apostle John. In the Orthodox Church he is believed to have been a bishop and is revered as a saint.

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


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

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Karp Family Origin

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Karp Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    25%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Baker

    6%
  • Fireman At Water Works

    6%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karp. The most common Karp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Karp's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Karp family was Fireman At Water Works.

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Between 1942 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Karp

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