Pepper Family History

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Pepper Name Meaning

English and North German: from Middle English peper, piper, Middle Low German peper ‘pepper’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer; alternatively, it may be a nickname for a small man (as if the size of a peppercorn) or one with a fiery temper, or for a dark-haired person (from the color of a peppercorn) or anecdotal for someone who paid a peppercorn rent. Americanized form of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name Pfeffer, or Fef(f)er, a cognate, from Yiddish fefer ‘pepper’. Irish: variant of Peppard.

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

Similar surnames: Lepper, Peeper, Peper, Tepper, Popper, Nepper, Klepper, Hepper

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Pepper Family Origin

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Pepper Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Pepper. 6% of Pepper men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Pepper women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pepper were Colliery Hewer and Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties

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

Pepper Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Pepper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pepper 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Pepper. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Pepper. For the veterans among your Pepper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pepper Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Pepper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pepper in 1945 was 69, and 74 in 2004.

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