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Draper Family History

Draper Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker and seller of woolen cloth from Anglo-Norman draper (Old French drapier an agent derivative of drap ‘cloth’). The surname was introduced to Ulster in the 17th century. Draperstown in County Londonderry was named for the London Company of Drapers which was allocated the land in the early 17th century.

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


Similar surnames: Drape, Drapeau, Graper, Roper, Drayer, Brayer, Grapes, Rayer, Driver

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Where is the Draper family from?

You can see how Draper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Draper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Draper families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 414 Draper families living in Ontario. This was about 62% of all the recorded Draper's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Draper families in 1911.
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What did your Draper ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Draper. 39% of Draper men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Draper women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Draper were Carpenter and Income. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Domestic
    14%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Income
    9%
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Census Records

There are 261,000 census records available for the last name Draper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Draper 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Draper. 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 Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Draper. For the veterans among your Draper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Draper lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Draper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Draper in 1944 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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