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

The surname Reaper may come from the Irish O Reabaigh. Reap is pronounced Rape and is sometimes appears spelt in that form.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reap, Rafe, Rape, Reapy and others.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reaper research. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reaper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Rafe, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Francis Rafe, was sent to Virginia as servant in 1678; John Rape, who settled in Maryland in 1679; Anthony Rape, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1835.

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  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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The Reaper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reaper 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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