Meaning and Origin of: Cap

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Horned goat; constellation of the Zodiac

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Ukrainian, Jewish (from Ukraine), Polish, Serbian, and Hungarian (Cáp) : from Ukrainian tsap ‘billy goat’, Polish cap, and so probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a goat herd.
  • Czech (Čáp) : nickname for a tall or long-legged man, from čáp ‘stork’.
  • Southern French : from Occitan cap ‘head’ (Latin caput); probably a nickname for a person with something distinctive about his head. The word was often used in the metaphorical sense ‘chief’, ‘principal’, and the surname may also have denoted a leader or a village elder. In some cases it may also be a topographic name from the same word used in the sense of a promontory or headland.
  • Americanized spelling of German Kapp.
  • English : variant spelling of Capp.