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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Papa

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  • According to a user from India, the name Papa is of English origin and means "Yea".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Papa is of French origin and means "Father of child".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pa*pa"
  1. A child's word for father.
  2. A parish priest in the Greek Church.

Etymology: F. papa, L. papa; cf. Gr. �, �, a child's word meaning father. Cf. Pope

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

Borrowing from French papa, probably originally imitative of a child's early efforts at vocalization, 17th c.

  1. (often childish) Dad, daddy, father; a familiar or old-fashioned term of address to one’s father.
  2. (informal) A pet name for one's grandfather.
  3. A parish priest in the Greek Orthodox Church.
  4. The letter P in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

papa was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Cebuano, Chinook Jargon, Dieri, Dupaninan Agta, Dutch, Ewe, French, Gothic, Hungarian, Italian, Kanoé, Latin, Latvian, Lower Sorbian, Malay, Maori, Norman, Old English, Pitjantjatjara, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swahili, Tok Pisin, Turkish, and Wolof

Notable Persons Named Papa

Papa Legba is a saint.


Papa Wemba is a soukous musician. Papa was born in Lubefu.


Papa Bouba Diop is a soccer player for the ASC Diaraf, FC Vevey-Sports 05, Neuchâtel Xamax, Grasshopper Club Zürich, RC Lens, Fulham F.C., Portsmouth F.C., AEK Athens F.C., West Ham United F.C., Birmingham City F.C., and Senegal national football team. Papa was born on January 28th, 1978 in Dakar, Senegal.


Papa Smurf is a comics character.


Papa John Creach was a blues, blues rock, and psychedelic rock musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Papa was given the name John Henry Creach on May 28th, 1917 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania United States. He left this life on February 22nd, 1994.


Papa Lazarou is a peg-seller and ringmaster (circus). Papa is also known as Keith Drop.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Papa

Tom Papa is a comedian, actor, film producer, screenwriter, producer, and writer. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Tom was born on November 10th, 1968 in Passaic, New Jersey.


Generoso Pope was a founder of the, generoso pope foundation, entrepreneur, business man, and philanthropist. Generoso was given the name Generoso Papa on April 1st, 1891 in Arpaise. He died on April 28th, 1950.


Papa is also known as Papa bar Aggai. He left this life in 328.


Gary Papa was a sportscaster. He was most active from 1981 to 2009. Gary was born on September 2nd, 1954 in Buffalo, New York. He left this life on June 19th, 2009.


Mark G. Papa is a businessman.


Matt Papa is a christian rock and contemporary worship music musician. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Matt was given the name Matthew Michael Papa on July 3rd, 1983 in Gainesville, Georgia, U.S. Matt is also known as Matthew Michael Papa.


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Popularity of Papa as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Papa U.S.
  White 82.66% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Papa

People with the last name Papa are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Papa

  • How Popular is the name Papa? Papa is the 25,635th most popular name of all time. As a last name Papa was the 5,768th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Papa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 219 babies born with the first name Papa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Papa to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Papa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1993 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Papa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Papa is Sunday, February 16th, 1908.
  • What year had the most people named Papa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Papa was in 2003 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Papa Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Papa is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Papa: Your name in reverse order is Apap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Apap. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Papa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,005 people with the last name Papa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Papa? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Papa as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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