Karp Family History

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Karp Name Meaning

German, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Middle High German karp(f)e, Middle Low German karpe, or Slavic (Russian and Polish) and Yiddish karp ‘carp’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisherman or seller of these fish, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish. As a Jewish surname it is often of ornamental origin. Polish, Russian, and German: from a reduced vernacular form of the Greek saint’s name Polykarpos (meaning ‘rich in fruit’), or Karponios (from Greek karpos ‘fruit’, a word with mystical connotations among early Christians). This was the name of an early Christian leader said to have known the Apostle John. In the Orthodox Church he is believed to have been a bishop and is revered as a saint.

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

Similar surnames: Karpf, Carp, Kamp, Kapp, Harp, Kara, Kalp, Karg, Karl, Kark

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Karp Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Karp name?

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

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Germanic Europe


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Karp Family Origin

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Karp Family Occupations

What did your Karp ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karp. The most common Karp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Karp's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Karp family was Fireman At Water Works.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Baker

  • Fireman At Water Works


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Karp Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Karp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karp 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Karp. 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 Karp. For the veterans among your Karp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Karp Life Expectancy

What is the average Karp lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Karp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Karp in 1942 was 38, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Karp 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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