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Harp Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several minor places called Harp for example South Harp in South Petherton (Somerset) or Harp House in Eastwood (Essex) named with Middle English harp ‘harp place where the harp was played feature shaped like a harp’. In some cases the name might also be habitational referring to a house bearing the sign of a harp. English: occupational name for a harpist or perhaps someone who made harps. The Middle English word harp(e) denoted the musical instrument but also a harp-shaped implement for sifting and cleansing salt. Compare Harper . German: metonymic occupational name for a harpist from Middle High German harpfe ‘harp’. German: variant of Harpe .

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Hart, Happ, Carp, Karp, Hare, Harm, Haro, Harb, Hall

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Where is the Harp family from?

You can see how Harp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harp families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 57 Harp families living in Staffordshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Harp's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Harp families in 1891.
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What did your Harp ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harp. 34% of Harp men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Harp women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harp were House Painter and Domestic Servant. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Motor Driver
  • Bricklayer
  • House Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Harp. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Harp. For the veterans among your Harp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harp lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Harp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Harp in 1948 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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