Yap Name Meaning

English: nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap ‘devious’, ‘deceitful’, ‘bent’; ‘shrewd’. Americanized spelling of North German Japp. Chinese: variant of Ye. Filipino: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Cap, Yan, Yep, Yam, Lau, Yaw, Yip, Yax, Bay, Sas

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Yap Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Yap name?

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

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  • China


  • Philippines


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Japan


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Yap Family Origin

Where is the Yap family from?

Yap Family Occupations

What did your Yap ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Yap occupation in the USA was Laborer. 33% of Yap's were Laborers. Laborer and Miner were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Yap. A less common occupation for the Yap family was Work In Turpentine.

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  • Laborer

  • Miner

  • Work In Turpentine


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Yap ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Yap Historical Records

What Yap family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Yap. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yap 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Yap. 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 769 military records available for the last name Yap. For the veterans among your Yap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yap Life Expectancy

What is the average Yap lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Yap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Yap in 1959 was 65, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yap 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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