happe

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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, Fortune.
  2. 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.
  3. German: from a reduced form of the medieval German personal names Hadebald or Hadebert (see Happel).
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