Pappan Family History

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Pappan Name Meaning

Swiss French: probably a variant of Papin, a derivative of paper ‘to eat gluttonously’, which had the sense in Old French of ‘baby’s pap’, or alternatively of Papon, from Old French and Occitan papon ‘grandfather’.

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

Similar surnames: Papin, Papa, Pippin, Payan, Lappin, Caplan, Pappas, Cappon, Parran

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Pappan Family Origin

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Pappan Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pappan. 36% of Pappan men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Pappan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pappan were Longshoreman and Osage

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Longshoreman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Osage

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Pappan Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 91 immigration records available for the last name Pappan. 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 278 military records available for the last name Pappan. For the veterans among your Pappan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pappan Life Expectancy

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pappan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Pappan in 1964 was 73, and 60 in 2004.

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