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Top Surname Meaning

Dutch and German: from Middle Dutch top Middle Low German topp ‘crown of the head plait lock of hair’ hence a nickname referring to a feature of someone's head perhaps baldness or a particular hairstyle. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a potter from Yiddish top ‘pot’. English: variant of Topp .

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


Similar surnames: Topp, Topf, Stoop, Toy, Tropp, Cap, Trom, Hoy, Kok, Rom

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Where is the Top family from?

You can see how Top families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Top family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Top families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Top families living in Alberta. This was about 67% of all the recorded Top's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Top families in 1911.
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What did your Top ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Top. 47% of Top men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Top women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Top were Farm and Housework. .

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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
    47%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Housework
    50%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Top. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Top 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Top. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Top. For the veterans among your Top ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Top lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Top life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Top in 1964 was 80, and 93 in 2004.

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