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