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Pape Name Meaning

English (mainly northern), North German, Dutch, and French: nickname for someone with a severe or pompous manner or perhaps a pageant name for someone who had played the part of a pope or priest, from Middle English pope or Old French pape ‘pope’, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pape ‘priest’, Old French pape ‘pope’. Compare Papa. German: nickname from a baby word for ‘father’. Compare Baab.

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


Similar surnames: Pope, Papa, Pate, Cape, Papp, Page, Papes, Papke, Paper, Piper

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Where is the Pape family from?

You can see how Pape families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pape family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pape families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Pape families living in Mississippi. This was about 12% of all the recorded Pape's in the USA. Mississippi and 3 other states had the highest population of Pape families in 1840.
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What did your Pape ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pape. 19% of Pape men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Pape women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pape were Clerk and Cook.

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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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Cook
    5%
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Pape. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pape 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Pape. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Pape. For the veterans among your Pape ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pape lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Pape life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pape in 1943 was 34, and 78 in 2004.

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