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Rapp Name Meaning

Swedish: from rapp ‘quick’, ‘prompt’; a soldier’s name, one of the monothematic names adopted by soldiers in the 17th century, before surnames became general in Sweden. German: from Middle High German rapp, rabe ‘raven’ (German Rabe), hence a nickname for someone with black hair, or some other supposed resemblance to the bird. Compare Raven. In some cases the surname may have arisen from a house name, thus denoting someone who lived in a house distinguished by the sign of a raven.

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


Similar surnames: Papp, Ramp, Kapp, Rasp, Trapp, Happ, Repp, Lapp, Tapp, Capp

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Where is the Rapp family from?

You can see how Rapp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rapp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rapp families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 55 Rapp families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Rapp's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rapp families in 1840.
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What did your Rapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rapp. 13% of Rapp men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Rapp women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rapp were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Rapp. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Rapp. For the veterans among your Rapp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rapp lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rapp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rapp in 1942 was 47, and 80 in 2004.

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