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Papen Name Meaning

North German: variant of Pfaff, from pfaffe ‘priest’, ‘cleric’. German: variant of Pape.

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


Similar surnames: Palen, Pape, Paper, Apel, Paben, Papes, Prien, Capen, Hanen, Peper

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Where is the Papen family from?

You can see how Papen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Papen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Papen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Papen families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Papen's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Papen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Papen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Papen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Papen. 32% of Papen men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    22%
  • Watchman
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Papen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Papen 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 332 immigration records available for the last name Papen. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Papen. For the veterans among your Papen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Papen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Papen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Papen in 1963 was 87, and 60 in 2004.

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