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Raper is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a rope-maker. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

Raper Early Origins



The surname Raper was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Raper Spelling Variations


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Raper Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Raper has appeared include Raper, Wraper, Rapper, Rapier and others.

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Raper Early History


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Raper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raper research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raper Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Raper arrived in North America very early:

Raper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Raper, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Thomas Raper who settled in New Jersey in 1678
  • Thomas Raper, who landed in New Jersey in 1678

Raper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Raper, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1726
  • Stephannas Raper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Peter Raper, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740

Raper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Raper, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Raper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Godfrey Curzon Raper, who landed in Colorado in 1903

Raper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. Raper arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raper (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raper (post 1700)



  • Kenneth Raper (1908-1987), American mycologist, microbiologist, and botanist
  • George Raper (1769-1797), English Royal Navy officer and illustrator
  • John Raper (b. 1939), Australian, rugby league footballer and coach
  • Henry Raper (1799-1859), British Royal Naval lieutenant, and authority on navigation

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. 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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