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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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Where is the Papa family from?

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 the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Papa families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Papa's in the 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 US 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 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

  • Laborer
    24%
  • New Worker
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Machine Operator
    8%
  • Operator
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Papa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Papa 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Papa. 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 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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