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Kappen Family History

Kappen Name Meaning

German: most likely a shortened form of Kappenmacher, an occupational name for a maker of hoods and hooded cloaks (see Kapp), or of Kappenberg, a habitational name from a place so named near Minden, Westphalia.

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

Similar surnames: Kappel, Kampen, Kippen, Koppen, Karpen, Kapp, Kapper, Kassen, Campen

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Where is the Kappen family from?

You can see how Kappen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kappen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Kappen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 5 Kappen families living in Ontario. This was 100% of all the recorded Kappen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kappen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kappen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kappen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kappen. 24% of Kappen men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kappen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kappen were Farmer and Telephone Operator.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Operator
  • Machinist
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Student Nurse
  • Telephone Operator
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kappen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kappen 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 263 immigration records available for the last name Kappen. 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 792 military records available for the last name Kappen. For the veterans among your Kappen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kappen lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kappen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kappen in 1949 was 61, and 68 in 2004.

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