Pope Family History

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Pope Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English pope (derived via Old English from Late Latin papa ‘bishop’, ‘pope’, from Greek pappas ‘father’, in origin a nursery word.) In the early Christian Church, the Latin term was at first used as a title of respect for male clergy of every rank, but in the Western Church it gradually came to be restricted to bishops, and then only to the bishop of Rome; in the Eastern Church it continued to be used of all priests (see Popov, Papas). The nickname would have been used for a vain or pompous man, or for someone who had played the part of the pope in a pageant or play. The surname is also present in Ireland and Scotland. North German: variant of Poppe.

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

Similar surnames: Pape, Hope, Popp, Cope, Powe, Pipe, Pone, Popek, Poe, Popa

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Pope Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pope name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pope. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Pope Family Origin

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Pope Family Occupations

What did your Pope ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pope. The most common Pope occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Pope's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Pope family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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Pope Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 443,000 census records available for the last name Pope. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pope 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Pope. 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 79,000 military records available for the last name Pope. For the veterans among your Pope ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pope Life Expectancy

What is the average Pope lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pope life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pope in 1941 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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