lathrope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lathrope family

The surname lathrope was first found in Yorkshire in the East Riding where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Lowthorpe, held by Beverley from the Archbishop of York who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the lathrope family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lathrope research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 116 and 1161 are included under the topic Early lathrope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lathrope Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lathrop, Lathropp, Lowthrop, Lowthorpe, Lowethrop, Lowthrup, Lathrup, Lowthrope, Lawthrope, Leythorp, Leythropp and many more.

Early Notables of the lathrope family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand lathrope migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

lathrope Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dorothea Lathrope, aged 46, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Henrietta L. Lathrope, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Ephrat Lathrope, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Walter H. Lathrope, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Alexander W. Lathrope, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lathrope (post 1700) +

  • Franklin C. Lathrope, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • William W. Lathrope, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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