Earp Family History

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Earp Name Meaning

English (Midlands): nickname for a dark-complexioned man, from Old English earp ‘swarthy’. Americanized spelling of German Erp.

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

Similar surnames: Carp, Earl, Harp, Cap, Darr, Arp, Pearl, Karp, Mapp, Kapp

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Earp Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Earp name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Earp. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Earp Family Origin

Where is the Earp family from?

Earp Family Occupations

What did your Earp ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Earp. The most common Earp occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Earp's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Earp family was Gardener.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Bricklayer

  • Gardener


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Earp ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Earp Historical Records

What Earp family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Earp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Earp census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Earp. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Earp. For the veterans among your Earp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Earp Life Expectancy

What is the average Earp lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Earp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Earp in 1950 was 43, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Earp

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Earp ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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