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This German surname of KAPPUS was an occupational name for one who made and sold soldiers' coats and capes. The name is also spelt KAPP, KAPF, KAPFER and KAPFERER. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. A notable member of the name was Friedrich KAPP (1824-84) the German politician. He went to New York, after the 1848 revolution, returned to Berlin in 1870, wrote a number of histories, including 'Aus und uber Amerika' (1876) and was a member of the Riechstag from 1871. An infamous member of the name was Wolfgang KAPP (1858-1922) the German revolutionary, son of Frederick KAPP, born in New York. He was a civil servant and director of the Prussian agricultural banks, and founded the German Fatherland party in 1917. The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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