Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. POP  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a nickname that originally designated a person who played the part of the pope in a play or pageant. Otherwise the name could be used as a nickname for a man with a solemn, austere, or pious appearance. It is derived from Latin papa, ultimately from Greek πάππας (pappas) meaning "father".

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesPopov(Bulgarian) Popović(Croatian) Pape(French) Pabst, Pfaff(German) Papadopoulos(Greek) Papp(Hungarian) Papke(Low German) Popovski(Macedonian) Pop, Popa, Popescu(Romanian) Popov(Russian) Popović(Serbian)


Entry updated May 29, 2020