name Dreaper comes from when its first bearer worked as a maker or seller of woolen cloth. The surname Dreaper 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 Dreaper family
The surname Dreaper 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 Dreaper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dreaper research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1772, 1646, 1694, 1678 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Dreaper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dreaper Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dreaper include Draper, Drapere, Draiper, Draeper, Drapar, Drapir, Drayper, Dreypar, Drapper, Drapier, Drabber, Drapber, Drabper, Drappar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dreaper family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dreaper family to Ireland
Some of the Dreaper family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 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 Dreaper family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dreaper or a variant listed above: 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 Dreaper 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