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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : metronymic from a short form of the female Biblical name Zipporah, meaning ‘bird’ (Exodus 2:21).
  • German : vernacular form of the personal name Cyprianus.
  • East German (of Slavic origin) : occupational name for a thresher, from Sorbian cepař.

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