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Popken Family History

Popken Name Meaning

North German (also Pöpken): patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Poppo (see Popp).

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


Similar surnames: Popke, Poppen, Onken, Kopke, Poppel, Boyken, Koppen, Ocken, Picken

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Where is the Popken family from?

You can see how Popken families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Popken family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Popken families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Popken families living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Popken's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Popken families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Popken surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Popken ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Saleswoman were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Popken. 39% of Popken men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Popken women worked as a Saleswoman. Some less common occupations for Americans named Popken were Upholstering and Maid.

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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
    39%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%
  • Upholstering
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleswoman
    43%
  • Teacher
    29%
  • Maid
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Popken. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Popken 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 632 immigration records available for the last name Popken. 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 489 military records available for the last name Popken. For the veterans among your Popken ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Popken lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Popken life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Popken in 1956 was 23, and 65 in 2004.

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