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Plapp Name Meaning

South German and Swiss German: unexplained; perhaps a shortened form of Plappert, Blappert, Blapphart, from Middle High German blaphart, the name of a silver coin worth one-twentieth of a gulden. South German or Swiss German: from an onomatopoeic word referring to a clapping noise, hence a nickname for a blabbermouth.

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


Similar surnames: Papp, Plank, Klapp, Propp, Lapp, Happ, Trapp, Platz, Rapp, Pape

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Where is the Plapp family from?

You can see how Plapp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plapp family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Plapp families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Plapp families living in Illinois. This was about 32% of all the recorded Plapp's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Plapp families in 1880.
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What did your Plapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Plapp. 26% of Plapp men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Plapp women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plapp were Farm Laborer and Stenographer.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Foreman
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Housewife
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Plapp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plapp 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 248 immigration records available for the last name Plapp. 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 277 military records available for the last name Plapp. For the veterans among your Plapp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Plapp lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Plapp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Plapp in 1964 was 74, and 76 in 2004.

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