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Lapp Family History

Lapp Name Meaning

from Middle High German lap(pe) ‘cloth’, ‘patch’, ‘rag’; a metonymic occupational name for a mender of clothes or shoes, or a nickname for a simple-minded person. ethnic name for a Lapp, someone from Lapland.

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


Similar surnames: Kapp, Papp, Napp, Happ, Rapp, Lipp, Capp, Tapp, Lepp, Gapp

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Where is the Lapp family from?

You can see how Lapp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lapp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lapp families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Lapp families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Lapp's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lapp families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lapp surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lapp. 23% of Lapp men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Lapp women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lapp were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Lapp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lapp 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lapp. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Lapp. For the veterans among your Lapp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lapp lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Lapp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Lapp in 1954 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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