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Tappen Name Meaning

North German:: variant of Tappe nickname for a clumsy person from Middle Low German tappe ‘oaf’.

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

Similar surnames: Tappe, Tapper, Tapp, Tippen, Lappen, Appel, Happe, Tepper, Rappel

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Where is the Tappen family from?

You can see how Tappen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tappen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tappen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4 Tappen families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Tappen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Tappen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tappen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tappen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tappen. 32% of Tappen men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Tappen women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tappen were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Tappen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tappen 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 951 immigration records available for the last name Tappen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Tappen. For the veterans among your Tappen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tappen lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Tappen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Tappen in 1952 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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