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Papa Name Meaning

Italian: nickname from papa ‘father cleric pope’. In southern Italy it is generally a nickname for someone thought to resemble a priest or in some cases for the illegitimate child of a priest but in the North it is more often a nickname meaning ‘pope’ denoting a vain or pompous man. In some parts of Calabria the term is also signifies ‘uncle’. American shortened form (and Greek feminine form denoting ‘the daughter or wife of’) of Greek Papas ‘priest’ and of patronymics beginning with Papa- for example Papageorgiou . Albanian (mainly southern): status name from regional papa a title for an Orthodox priest ultimately derived from Greek pappas ‘father’; or in part an adaptation of the cognate Greek surname Papas . Hungarian (Pápa): probably from the old personal name Pápa but in some cases possibly a habitational name from a place called Pápa in Veszprém County. West Frisian and Dutch: variant of Papma itself a variant of Popma ‘descendants of Poppe’ from an ancient Germanic personal name Poppo (see Popp ). English and French: variant of Pape .

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

Similar surnames: Pape, Apa, Papas, Papi, Popa, Pala, Papp, Papay, Raba, Rapa

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You can see how Papa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Papa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Papa families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Papa families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Papa's in USA. New York had the highest population of Papa families in 1840.
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What did your Papa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Machine Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Papa. 24% of Papa men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Papa women worked as a Machine Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Papa were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
  • New Worker
  • Truck Driver
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Machine Operator
  • Operator
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Papa. For the veterans among your Papa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Papa lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Papa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Papa in 1944 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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