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Pappan Surname Meaning

Altered form of French Papin .

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


Similar surnames: Papin, Papa, Pippin, Payan, Lappin, Caplan, Pappas, Cappon, Parran

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Where is the Pappan family from?

You can see how Pappan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pappan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pappan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Pappan family living in Nottinghamshire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Pappan's in United Kingdom. Nottinghamshire and 1 other county had the highest population of Pappan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pappan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pappan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pappan. 36% of Pappan men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Pappan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pappan were Cook and Osage. .

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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
    36%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%
  • Cook
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    43%
  • Cook
    29%
  • Osage
    29%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Pappan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pappan 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 91 immigration records available for the last name Pappan. 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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Draft Cards

There are 278 military records available for the last name Pappan. For the veterans among your Pappan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pappan lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pappan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Pappan in 1964 was 73, and 60 in 2004.

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