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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (mainly northern), North German, Dutch, and French : nickname for someone with a severe or pompous manner or perhaps a pageant name for someone who had played the part of a pope or priest, from Middle English pope or Old French pape ‘pope’, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pape ‘priest’, Old French pape ‘pope’. Compare Papa.
  • German : nickname from a baby word for ‘father’. Compare Baab.

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