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Popma Name Meaning

Frisian: from the Germanic personal name Poppo, Boppo (see Popp).

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

Similar surnames: Poppa, Poppe, Popp, Poma, Popke, Douma, Kopa, Toma, Posa, Bouma

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Where is the Popma family from?

You can see how Popma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Popma family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Popma families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Popma families living in Iowa. This was about 63% of all the recorded Popma's in the USA. Iowa had the highest population of Popma families in 1880.
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What did your Popma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Carpenter and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Popma. 50% of Popma men worked as a Carpenter and 50% of Popma women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Popma were Painter and Housewife.

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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

  • Carpenter
  • Barber
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
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What Popma family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 757 census records available for the last name Popma. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Popma 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 109 immigration records available for the last name Popma. 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 129 military records available for the last name Popma. For the veterans among your Popma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Popma lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Popma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Popma in 1949 was 54, and 85 in 2004.

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