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Origins Available: German, Scottish
Popp was a name for a confident or haughty person. Popp is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Popp comes from the Old English word pope, which referred to the Bishop of Rome, and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although this is also a title of office, as a surname, it was most often applied as a nickname.
The surname Popp was first found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Popp include Pope, Paip, Pape, Paipe, Popp and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Popp research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1602, 1598, 1400, 1393, 1397, 1627 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Popp History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Popp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Popp:
Popp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Popp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Popp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Popp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Popp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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