Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English hap(pe) ‘chance’, ‘luck’,
‘fortune’ (from Old Norse happ), applied as a nickname for
someone considered fortunate or well favored. Compare Chance,
- German, Dutch, and northern French
(Picardy): from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old French
happe ‘hook’, ‘hatchet’, ‘pruning hook’, a metonymic
occupational name for a maker of such implements or for someone who
used one in his work. Compare Heppe.
- German: from a reduced form of the medieval German personal names
Hadebald or Hadebert (see Happel).
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