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POPOV Family HistoryRecorded in many spelling forms including Pope, Pape, & Lepope (English and French), Pabst, Babst, Baff, Paff, Pfaff, & Pfaffe (German),Papez (Czech), Papiez and Papierz (Polish), Papis (Flemish), De Paepe (Dutch), Pappi (Finnish), Papis (Flemish), Popov, Patatov, Popa, Popescu (Russian, Bulgarian and Rumanian) as well as diminutives including Pfaffel, Papen and Paffen (German), Popovic and Popescul (Croatian and Rumanian) this interesting surname is a European status surname. It derives from the ecclesiastical title for head of the Roman Catholic Church, the (Latin) word "Papa", meaning a bishop or pope.
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