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Tapp Name Meaning

English: from the early Middle English personal name Tapp (Old English Tæppa). The unrecorded Old English personal name is thought to be the first element of the placenames Taplow (Buckinghamshire) Tapners (Kent) Tappington (Kent) and Tapton (Derbyshire). See also Taplin . English: variant of Topp . English: possibly a nickname from Middle English tape ‘ribbon tape’ or tappe ‘plug tap’; ‘tap knock’. German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic name Theudobrand composed of the elements theud ‘people race’ + brand ‘sword’. North German: nickname for a clumsy person or a simpleton from Middle Low German tappe ‘oaf’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Trapp, Napp, Topp, Sapp, Japp, Gapp, Tipp, Mapp, Tepp, Tappe

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Where is the Tapp family from?

You can see how Tapp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tapp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tapp families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Tapp families living in Kentucky. This was about 25% of all the recorded Tapp's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Tapp families in 1840.
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What did your Tapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tapp. 24% of Tapp men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Tapp women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tapp were Farm Laborer 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tapp. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Tapp. For the veterans among your Tapp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tapp lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Tapp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tapp in 1940 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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