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Klapper Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an agent derivative of Middle High German klappern ‘chatter’, ‘rattle’, hence a nickname for a talkative person or a gossip or a metonymic occupational name for a night watchman, a reference to the clapper used for making announcements. As a Jewish name it could be a metonymic occupational name for someone who called people to the synagogue.

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

Similar surnames: Klepper, Clapper, Kapper, Knapper, Klauber, Klippert, Kapfer, Lepper

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Where is the Klapper family from?

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

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Klapper. 20% of Klapper men worked as a Salesman and 20% of Klapper women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klapper were Laborer and Clerk.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Manager
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Saleslady
  • Waitress
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Klapper. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Klapper. For the veterans among your Klapper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klapper lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Klapper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Klapper in 1951 was 43, and 81 in 2004.

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