Pape Family History

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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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Pape Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pape name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pape. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Pape Family Origin

Where is the Pape family from?

Pape Family Occupations

What did your Pape ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pape. A less common occupation for the Pape family was Keeping House. The most common Pape occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Pape's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pape ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pape Historical Records

What Pape family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Pape Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pape 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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