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Cap Name Meaning

Ukrainian, Jewish (from Ukraine), Polish, Serbian, and Hungarian (Cáp): from Ukrainian tsap ‘billy goat’, Polish cap, and so probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a goat herd. Czech (Cáp): nickname for a tall or long-legged man, from cáp ‘stork’. Southern French: from Occitan cap ‘head’ (Latin caput); probably a nickname for a person with something distinctive about his head. The word was often used in the metaphorical sense ‘chief’, ‘principal’, and the surname may also have denoted a leader or a village elder. In some cases it may also be a topographic name from the same word used in the sense of a promontory or headland. Americanized spelling of German Kapp. English: variant spelling of Capp.

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

Similar surnames: Capo, Carp, Cape, Capp, Car, Cal, Yap, Camp, Cale, Lau

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You can see how Cap families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cap family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cap families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 11 Cap families living in Yorkshire. This was about 32% of all the recorded Cap's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Cap families in 1891.
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What did your Cap ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Cap. 100% of Cap women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Cap. For the veterans among your Cap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cap lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cap in 1944 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

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