Gope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gope family

The surname Gope was first found in Somerset where the name was first referenced in the year 1243 when they held estates in that shire. The famous New Zealand Gapes family hailed from Saffron Walden in Essex and emigrated to New Zealand in 1859.

Important Dates for the Gope family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gope research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1455, 1487, 1678, 1660, 1646, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Gope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gope Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gope has been spelled many different ways, including Gape, Gapes, Gapp, Gaip and others.

Early Notables of the Gope family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gope Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gope family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gopes to arrive in North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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