Napier Family History

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Napier Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house, Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier, an agent derivative of Old French nappe ‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa). Compare Napper. Shortened form of Polish Napierala or a similar name.

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

Similar surnames: Napper, Lanier, Manier, Wapner, Cazier, Nader, Paper, Kapfer, Rapier

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Napier Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Napier name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Napier. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Napier Family Origin

Where is the Napier family from?

Napier Family Occupations

What did your Napier ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Napier occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Napier's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Napier. A less common occupation for the Napier family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Napier ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Napier Historical Records

What Napier family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Napier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Napier census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Napier. 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 Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Napier. For the veterans among your Napier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Napier Life Expectancy

What is the average Napier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Napier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Napier in 1942 was 38, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Napier ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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