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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Soper, Souper, Soaper, Super and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Woodlands, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soper research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1698 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Soper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Soper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Soper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Greg Soper who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Greg Soper, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Soper arrived in Barbados in 1660
  • John Soper, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Soper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elias Soper, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Soper settled in Cupid from Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1760

Soper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • D. Soper arrived in New York in 1822
  • Thomas Soper, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • A C Soper, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860

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  • Donald Oliver Soper (1903-1998), prominent Methodist minister, socialist and pacifist, became Baron Soper, of Kingsway in the London Borough of Camden and the first Methodist minister to sit in the House of Lords
  • Tony Soper, English ornithologist, author and television presenter
  • Dr. Frederick Soper, New Zealand University Chancellor
  • Joseph Dewey Soper (1893-1982), Canadian Arctic explorer, zoologist, ornithologist, and prolific author


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  • The New Soper Compendium by Earl F. Soper.
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  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Soper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Soper 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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