Show ContentsJope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jope is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal nameJob. The surname Jope referred to the son of Job which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. [1]

In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jope family

The surname Jope was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Joppe son of Joppeson was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. Later in the Yorkshire, Ralph Jopson was found at Whitby in 1382. [2]

As one would expect, the close proximity of the Scottish border led to movement north. "Janet Jobsone [was found] in Edinburgh, 1618, [and] Andrew Jobson was portioner of Wolfclyde, parish of Culter, 1650." [3]

Early History of the Jope family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jope research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1573, 1564, 1573, 1620, 1623, 1620, 1621, 1620, 1618, 1619, 1620, 1621, 1620, 1621 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Jope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jope Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jope include Jobson, Job, Jobes, Jobe and others.

Early Notables of the Jope family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Jobson (d. 1573), Lieutenant of the Tower who was apparently of Yorkshire descent. "He fixed his residence at Monkwike, in the out-parish of West Doniland, the reversion of which had been granted by Edward VI to his wife's half-brother, John Dudley, earl of Warwick. But the latter gave it to Jobson in consideration of large sums which Jobson had lent him, and of the care which Jobson had bestowed on his children. Jobson was knighted in the reign of Edward VI, and in the same reign was appointed surveyor of woods belonging to...
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United States Jope migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Jope Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. William Jope, aged 40, who arrived in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Bachelor" [4]

Australia Jope migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jope Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Jope, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [5]
  • Matilda Jope, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jope (post 1700) +

  • Ralph T. Jope, American Secretary to MIT's Advisory Council on Athletics, eponym of the Ralph T. Jope Cup, a rowing award presented to the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
  • Martyn Jope (1915-1996), English archaeologist and chemist
  • Margaret Jope (1913-2004), née Halliday, Scottish biochemist, wife of Martyn Jope
  • Bernhard Jope (1914-1995), German World War II Luftwaffe bomber pilot, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Alan Jope (b. 1964), Scottish businessman, CEO of Unilever since January 2019
  • John Jope Rogers (1816-1880), Cornish owner of Penrose, a house and estate near the Cornish town of Helston which included Loe Pool, the largest lake in Cornwall, now owned by the National Trust
  • Jope Seniloli (1939-2015), Fijian chief and former Vice-President of Fiji
  • Jope Namawa (b. 1974), Fijian footballer

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved on Facebook