Last name: POPE

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POPE : This last name is indexed 277,017 times on Geneanet!

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POPE : 1: English: nickname from Middle English pope (derived via Old English from Late Latin papa ‘bishop pope’ from Greek pappas ‘father’ in origin a nursery word.) In the early Christian Church the Latin term was at first used as a title of respect for male clergy of every rank but in the Western Church it gradually came to be restricted to bishops and then only to the bishop of Rome; in the Eastern Church it continued to be used of all priests (see Popov Papas). The nickname would have been used for a vain or pompous man or for someone who had played the part of the pope in a pageant or play. The surname is also present in Ireland and Scotland.2: North German: variant of Poppe.3: German: translation of Pabst.

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