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Pape Name Meaning

North German Dutch English (mainly northern) and French: nickname from Middle Low German Middle Dutch pape ‘priest cleric’ Old French pape ‘pope’ possibly for a person thought dignified or magnificent or for someone with a severe or pompous manner or perhaps a pageant name for someone who had played the part of a pope or priest. Compare Papa and Pope . English (mainly northern) North German and Dutch: from an ancient Germanic personal name Pap(p)o of uncertain origin which occurs as the first element of the placename Papworth (Cambridgeshire) and Papendrecht (South Holland). English (mainly northern): nickname from Middle English pap(e) pappe ‘gruel porridge baby food’ (Old French papa) related to pappe ‘breast’ (from Latin papilla) perhaps for someone who lacked the teeth for more substantial food. German: nickname from a baby word for ‘father’. Compare Baab .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Pope, Papa, Pate, Cape, Papp, Page, Papes, Papke, Paper, Piper

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Where is the Pape family from?

You can see how Pape families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pape family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pape families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 75 Pape families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Pape's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pape families in 1911.
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What did your Pape ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Pape. 43% of Pape men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Pape women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pape were Shoe Maker and Clerk. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Shoe Maker

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Pape. 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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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Pape. For the veterans among your Pape ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pape lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Pape life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pape in 1943 was 34, and 78 in 2004.

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