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Tappan Surname Origin
(Origin Welsh) Locality. The top of the hanging rock, from tap, a hanging rock, and pen, top or head.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Tappan Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Tappan family history than the origin of your surname:
A Tappan Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burke