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Pope Surname Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English pope (derived via Old English from Late Latin papa ‘bishop pope’ from Greek pappas ‘father’ in origin a nursery word.) In the early Christian Church the Latin term was at first used as a title of respect for male clergy of every rank but in the Western Church it gradually came to be restricted to bishops and then only to the bishop of Rome; in the Eastern Church it continued to be used of all priests (see Popov Papas ). The nickname would have been used for a vain or pompous man or for someone who had played the part of the pope in a pageant or play. The surname is also present in Ireland and Scotland. North German: variant of Poppe . German: translation of Pabst .

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

Similar surnames: Pape, Hope, Popp, Cope, Powe, Pipe, Pone, Popek, Poe, Popa

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Where is the Pope family from?

You can see how Pope families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pope family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pope families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,650 Pope families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Pope's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Pope families in 1891.
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What did your Pope 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 Pope. 7% of Pope men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Pope women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pope were Builders Labourer and Private Means. .

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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
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 443,000 census records available for the last name Pope. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pope 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Pope. 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 79,000 military records available for the last name Pope. For the veterans among your Pope ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pope lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pope life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pope in 1941 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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