Cape Name Meaning

French and English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of capes and cloaks, or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore a cloak or cape, from Middle English and Old Norman French cape ‘cape’, ‘cloak’, ‘hooded cloak’ (in French also ‘hood’ or ‘hat’), from Late Latin cappa, capa, probably a derivative of caput ‘head’ (see Capp). There is also an Old English word cape ‘cape’, ‘cloak’, from the same Late Latin word, but the normal development of this in southern England was Middle English cope (see Cope).

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


Similar surnames: Capel, Cope, Cave, Cane, Cade, Cap, Pape, Capp, Cage, Cale

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Cape Family Origin

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Cape Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    6%
  • Annuitant

    6%
  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Labourer

    4%

In 1881, Farmer, Annuitant and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cape. A less common occupation for the Cape family was Labourer. The most common Cape occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Cape's were Farmers.

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Between 1948 and 2004, Cape life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cape in 1948 was 23, and 70 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cape

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