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Lapa Family History

Lapa Name Meaning

Polish and Jewish (from Poland): nickname from Polish łapa ‘paw flipper mutton fist’. Portuguese and Galician: habitational name from any of numerous places called Lapa from lapa ‘cavern’ or from a short form of the Marian title Nossa Senhora da Lapa ‘Our Lady of Lapa’ the name of a Marian cult which developed after the finding in 1498 of a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in a cavern in northern Portugal. Albanian: nickname from lapë (definite form lapa) ‘loose piece of skin; dewlap wattle’ also ‘deep wrinkle’.

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

Similar surnames: Lata, Rapa, Lama, Lipa, Lapka, Papa, Apa, Laba, Lada, Lapp

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Where is the Lapa family from?

You can see how Lapa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lapa family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Lapa families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Lapa family living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Lapa's in USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Lapa families in 1880.
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What did your Lapa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Janitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lapa. 50% of Lapa men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Lapa women worked as a Janitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lapa were Canner and New Worker. .

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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
  • Machinist
  • Helper
  • Canner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Janitress
  • New Worker
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Lapa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lapa 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 712 immigration records available for the last name Lapa. 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 353 military records available for the last name Lapa. For the veterans among your Lapa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lapa lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Lapa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lapa in 1956 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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