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Where did the Scottish Pope family come from? What is the Scottish Pope family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pope family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pope family history?

The ancient Scottish name Pope is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a confident or haughty person. Pope is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Pope comes from the Old English word pope, which referred to the Bishop of Rome, and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although this is also a title of office, as a surname, it was most often applied as a nickname.


When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Pope has been written Pope, Paip, Pape, Paipe, Popp and others.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pope research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1602, 1598, 1400, 1393, 1397, 1627 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Pope History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pope Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Pope:

Pope Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Pope, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Pope, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Pope, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Francis Pope, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
  • Joseph Pope, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636

Pope Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Pope, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • William Pope, who landed in Georgia in 1739

Pope Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Pope, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • Alexander Pope, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Abraham Pope, aged 54, arrived in Missouri in 1849
  • Henry Pope, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Frederich Pope, who landed in Indiana in 1852


  • Franklin Leonard Pope (1840-1895), American engineer, explorer, and inventor
  • John Russell Pope (1873-1937), American architect
  • Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), American archaeologist and historian of Persian art
  • James Pinckney Pope (1884-1966), American politician, mayor of Boise, Idaho, and a U.S. Senator from Idaho
  • Colonel Percival Clarence Pope (1841-1922), United States Marine awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery
  • Thomas A. Pope (1894-1989), soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • George Edward "Eddie" Pope (b. 1973), American soccer player
  • Lawrence Edgar Pope (1940-2013), American educator and politician, member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1979-1983)
  • Brigadier-General Francis Horton Pope (1879-1971), American Attached to the Office of the Quartermaster-General (1941-1943)
  • John Henry Pope (1824-1889), Canadian farmer, lumberman, railway entrepreneur, and politician, Member of the Parliament of Canada



  • The Barrens: a Family History of South Central Kentucky by Emery H. White.
  • Pabst, Bobst, Pobst, Pope Family in the South by Jennings Bland Pope.


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The Pope Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pope Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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