Papa Name Meaning

Italian: nickname from papa ‘father’, ‘priest’, ‘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 Calabria it also means ‘uncle’. Greek: shortened form of any of various names beginning with papas ‘priest’, for example Papageorgiou ‘priest George’. Compare Papas. In the Eastern Church priests are allowed to marry and have children. French: from a dialect variant of French Pape. Dutch: variant of Pappert. Hungarian: probably from the old secular personal name Pápa, but in some cases possibly a habitational name from a place called Pápa in Veszprém county, or some other place similarly named.

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


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

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Papa Family Origin

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Papa Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Laborer

    21%
  • Hotel & Restaurant

    7%
  • Housekeeping

    7%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Hotel & Restaurant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Papa. A less common occupation for the Papa family was Housekeeping. The most common Papa occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Papa's were Farmers.

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Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Papa

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