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Piper Name Meaning

English (mainly southern), Dutch, and North German: occupational name for a player on the pipes, Middle English pipere, Middle Dutch pi(j)per, Middle Low German piper. Translation of German Pfeiffer, or of the French secondary surname Lefifre.

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


Similar surnames: Pieper, Piker, Peper, Paper, Pipe, Kiper, Pepper, Lier, Filer, Peeper

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Where is the Piper family from?

You can see how Piper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Piper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Piper families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,204 Piper families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Piper's in the UK. London had the highest population of Piper families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Piper surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Piper ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Piper. 6% of Piper men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Piper women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Piper were Builders Labourer and Housewife.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
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Census Records

There are 250,000 census records available for the last name Piper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Piper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Piper. 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 Cards

There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Piper. For the veterans among your Piper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Piper lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Piper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Piper in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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