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Papa Name Meaning

Italian: nickname from papa ‘father’, ‘priest’, ‘pope’. In southern Italy it is generally a nickname for someone thought to resemble a priest, or in some cases for the illegitimate child of a priest, but in the North it is more often a nickname meaning ‘pope’, denoting a vain or pompous man. In Calabria it also means ‘uncle’. Greek: shortened form of any of various names beginning with papas ‘priest’, for example Papageorgiou ‘priest George’. Compare Papas. In the Eastern Church priests are allowed to marry and have children. French: from a dialect variant of French Pape. Dutch: variant of Pappert. Hungarian: probably from the old secular personal name Pápa, but in some cases possibly a habitational name from a place called Pápa in Veszprém county, or some other place similarly named.

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

Similar surnames: Pape, Apa, Papas, Papi, Popa, Pala, Papp, Papay, Raba, Rapa

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Papa Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Papa name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Papa. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Italy


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Greece & the Balkans


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Papa Family Origin

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Papa Family Occupations

What did your Papa ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer and Labourer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Papa. The most common Papa occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Papa's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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Papa Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Papa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Papa 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Papa. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Papa. For the veterans among your Papa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Papa Life Expectancy

What is the average Papa lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Papa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Papa in 1944 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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