Napper Family History

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Napper Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house, Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier. Compare Scottish Napier. Dutch: nickname from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch nappen ‘prick’, ‘sting’, ‘bite’. Dutch: occupational name from an agent derivative of nap ‘cup’, denoting a turner who made cups, dishes, and bowls. Altered spelling of German Knapper.

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

Similar surnames: Napier, Tapper, Knapper, Kapper, Nopper, Capper, Nepper, Lepper

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Napper Family Origin

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Napper Family Occupations

What did your Napper ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Napper occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Napper's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Napper family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Napper.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Napper Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Napper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Napper 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Napper. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Napper. For the veterans among your Napper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Napper Life Expectancy

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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Napper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Napper in 1948 was 55, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Napper 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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