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Pepper Family History

Pepper Name Meaning

English and North German: from Middle English peper, piper, Middle Low German peper ‘pepper’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer; alternatively, it may be a nickname for a small man (as if the size of a peppercorn) or one with a fiery temper, or for a dark-haired person (from the color of a peppercorn) or anecdotal for someone who paid a peppercorn rent. Americanized form of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name Pfeffer, or Fef(f)er, a cognate, from Yiddish fefer ‘pepper’. Irish: variant of Peppard.

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


Similar surnames: Lepper, Peeper, Peper, Tepper, Popper, Nepper, Klepper, Hepper

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Where is the Pepper family from?

You can see how Pepper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pepper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pepper families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 30 Pepper families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Pepper's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pepper families in 1840.
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What did your Pepper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pepper. 19% of Pepper men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Pepper women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pepper were Truck Driver and Bookkeeper.

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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
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Pepper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pepper 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 Pepper. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Pepper. For the veterans among your Pepper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pepper lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Pepper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pepper in 1945 was 69, and 74 in 2004.

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