Hape History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hape comes from when the family resided in one of the various settlements of Hope found in Derbyshire, Shropshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire, among other places, or in or near a raised area of land in a fen, or a small, enclosed valley. The surname Hape is derived from the Old English word "hop" which means "the side of a hill, or low ground between hills." [1] In Scotland, "hope" means "glen." [2]

Early Origins of the Hape family

The surname Hape was first found in Shropshire where Robert de Hope was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1255. John atte hop was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and later Robert del Hope was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1302. [3]

Roger de la Hope was found in the Hundredorum Rolls for Herefordshire in 1273. [4]

In Somerset, John atte Hope, Walter atte Hope and Edith atte Hope were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign) [5] and Alicia de Hope was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

In Scotland, "John Hope of Peeblesshire rendered homage [to King Edward I of England], 1296, and Symon de la Hope was received to the king of England's peace in 1321. " [6]

Early History of the Hape family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hape research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1567, 1681, 1742, 1860, 1908, 1902, 1844, 1590, 1678, 1573, 1646, 1643, 1605, 1654, 1606, 1643, 1614, 1661, 1681, 1742, 1614 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Hape History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hape Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hape has been recorded under many different variations, including Hope, Hopes and others.

Early Notables of the Hape family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet Hope of Craighall (1573-1646), a Scottish lawyer, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1643. He was the son of an eminent Edinburgh merchant, Henry Hope, and his French wife, Jacqueline de Tott. His eldest son, Sir John Hope, Lord Craighall (1605?-1654) was a Scottish judge. His second oldest son, Sir Thomas Hope of Kerse (1606-1643) was...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hape Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hape family to Ireland

Some of the Hape family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hape family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hape or a variant listed above: Thomas Hope who settled in Virginia in 1607; 13 years before the "Mayflower"; James, John, Michael, Patrick, Samuel, Thomas and William Hope, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..


Contemporary Notables of the name Hape (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Stephen Hape (b. 1974), former American football fullback and tight end for the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Houston Texans of the NFL (1997-2006)
  • Janis Lynn Hape (1958-2021), also known by her married name Janis Dowd, an American Olympic competition swimmer
  • Sean Hape (b. 1968), birth name of iOTA, New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter and actor who has issued six studio albums and was nominated for Best Independent Release for The Hip Bone Connection (1999)
  • Shontayne Edward Hape (b. 1981), New Zealand former professional rugby footballer, a dual-code rugby international


The Hape 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: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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