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Napier Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name from Old French napier nappier nap(p)er(er) ‘one who looks after the napery or table-linen’ a derivative of Old French nappe ‘table-cloth napkin’. In Middle English Napier and Nap(p)er might also have denoted a maker of table cloths though this sense has not been recorded. English: alternatively an occupational name from Nap(p)er from an unrecorded Middle English word for one who makes naps i.e. drinking cups or chalices (Middle English nap Old English hnæp). Napper could also be a nickname from Middle English nappere ‘one who sleeps or naps’ though this is the least likely of the alternatives. American shortened form of Polish Napierala or a similar name.

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

Similar surnames: Napper, Lanier, Manier, Wapner, Cazier, Nader, Paper, Kapfer, Rapier

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Where is the Napier family from?

You can see how Napier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Napier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Napier families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 185 Napier families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Napier's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Napier families in 1891.
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What did your Napier 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 Napier. 16% of Napier men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Napier women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Napier were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Household Duties
  • Incapacitated
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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Napier. For the veterans among your Napier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Napier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Napier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Napier in 1942 was 38, and 71 in 2004.

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