The Drabper name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a maker or seller of woolen cloth. The surname Drabper is derived from the Old French word drapier
and the Anglo-French word draper,
which both have this meaning. The word was recorded in Old English as early as 1376.
Early Origins of the Drabper family
The surname Drabper was first found in Lancashire
where one of the first records of the family was Robert le Draper who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Later the Subsidy Rolls
, Henry le Draper was listed as holding estates in 1332 in the same county. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 lists Roger le Draper in Wiltshire
and Auwred le Draper in Cambridgeshire
. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 lists Johannes Drapour as a drapour at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Drabper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drabper research.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1772, 1646, 1694, 1678 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Drabper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Drabper Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Drabper has undergone many spelling variations
, including Draper, Drapere, Draiper, Draeper, Drapar, Drapir, Drayper, Dreypar, Drapper, Drapier, Drabber, Drapber, Drabper, Drappar and many more.
Early Notables of the Drabper family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drabper family to Ireland
Some of the Drabper family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Drabper family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Drabper were among those contributors: Henry Draper settled in Virginia in 1621; the year after the "Mayflower" landed, and many of the name were banished to Barbados where they settled from the year 1654. John Draper was banished in 1654.
The Drabper Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vincit pepercit
Motto Translation: He conquered, he spared