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Yap Name Meaning

English: nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap ‘devious’, ‘deceitful’, ‘bent’; ‘shrewd’. Americanized spelling of North German Japp. Chinese: variant of Ye. Filipino: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Cap, Yan, Yep, Yam, Lau, Yaw, Yip, Yax, Bay, Sas

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Where is the Yap family from?

You can see how Yap families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yap family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Yap families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Yap family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Yap's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Yap families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yap surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yap ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yap. 22% of Yap men worked as a Laborer and 42% of Yap women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yap were Bookkeeper and Proprietor.

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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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Proprietor
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    42%
  • Cashier
    25%
  • School Teacher
    17%
  • Proprietor
    17%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Yap. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yap 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Yap. 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 769 military records available for the last name Yap. For the veterans among your Yap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yap lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Yap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Yap in 1959 was 65, and 81 in 2004.

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