Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian: nickname from papa ‘father’, ‘priest’,
‘pope’. In southern Italy it is generally a nickname for someone
thought to resemble a priest, or in some cases for the illegitimate
child of a priest, but in the North it is more often a nickname
meaning ‘pope’, denoting a vain or pompous man. In Calabria it also
- Greek: shortened form of any of various names
beginning with papas ‘priest’, for example Papageorgiou
‘priest George’. Compare Papas. In the Eastern Church priests
are allowed to marry and have children.
- French: from a
dialect variant of French Pape.
- Dutch: variant of
- Hungarian: probably from the old
secular personal name Pápa, but in some cases possibly a
habitational name from a place called Pápa in Veszprém county,
or some other place similarly named.
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