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Kiper Family History

Kiper Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Dutch Kuiper or North German Keuper, occupational name for a cooper. Altered form of East Prussian Keiper, occupational name for someone who caught fish in a trap, from an agent derivative of keip ‘fish trap’, ‘weir’. Altered form of German Kaufer ‘merchant’. Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): metonymic occupational name for a coppersmith, from central and southeastern Yiddish kiper ‘copper’. In some instances it may have been adopted as an ornamental name.

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


Similar surnames: Kuper, Keiper, Koper, Kipfer, Kiker, Kieper, Kizer, Kiner, Lier

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Where is the Kiper family from?

You can see how Kiper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kiper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kiper families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Kiper families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 56% of all the recorded Kiper's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kiper families in 1840.
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What did your Kiper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kiper. 35% of Kiper men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Kiper women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kiper were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kiper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kiper 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 485 immigration records available for the last name Kiper. 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 Cards

There are 873 military records available for the last name Kiper. For the veterans among your Kiper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kiper lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kiper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Kiper in 1951 was 44, and 69 in 2004.

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