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Pepin Family History

Pepin Name Meaning

French (Pépin) and English: from the Old French personal name Pepis, oblique case Pepin (introduced to Britain by the Normans). Of uncertain origin, it was borne by several Frankish kings, most notably Pepin le Bref, father of Charlemagne, and remained popular throughout the early Middle Ages. Reaney and Wilson suggest that late-formed examples of the English surname may alternatively be from Old French pepin, pipin ‘seed of a fruit’, and thus a metonymic occupational name for a gardener or grower of fruit trees. This surname is also established in northwest Germany, around Cologne.

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

Similar surnames: Papin, Lein, Perrin, Pepi, Wein, Perin, Pin, Pei, Peper, Peppin

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Where is the Pepin family from?

You can see how Pepin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pepin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pepin families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 1,800 Pepin families living in Quebec. This was about 96% of all the recorded Pepin's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Pepin families in 1911.
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What did your Pepin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Servante were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Pepin. 30% of Pepin men worked as a Cultivateur and 11% of Pepin women worked as a Servante. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pepin were Journalier and Vendeuse. .

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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

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Farmer
  • Journalier

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servante
  • Mnagre
  • Journalier
  • Vendeuse
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Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Pepin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pepin 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Pepin. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Pepin. For the veterans among your Pepin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pepin lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Pepin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Pepin in 1951 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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