Clapper Family History

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Clapper Name Meaning

English: from Middle English clapper ‘rough bridge’, applied as a topographic name or as a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word. English: nickname from an agent derivative of Middle English clappe ‘chatter’. Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Klapper ‘chatterer’. Americanized form of German Klopper, a metonymic occupational name relating to several trades, from Middle Low German klopper ‘clapper’, ‘bobbin’, ‘hammer’.

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

Similar surnames: Klapper, Knapper, Klepper, Capper, Tapper, Lepper, Napper, Happe

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Clapper Family Origin

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Clapper Family Occupations

What did your Clapper ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Helper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Clapper. 21% of Clapper men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Clapper women worked as a Helper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clapper were Baker and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farming
  • Baker

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Helper
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Clapper Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Clapper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clapper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 812 immigration records available for the last name Clapper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Clapper. For the veterans among your Clapper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clapper Life Expectancy

What is the average Clapper lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Clapper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Clapper in 1949 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clapper

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clapper ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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