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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Loper. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The name Loper is composed of two elements: the given name Lope, which is itself derived from the Latin word "lopus," which means "wolf," and the Spanish patronymic suffix "-ez."


The surname Loper was first found in Old Castile in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: López, Lopez, Lope, Lobo, Lobato, Lóbez, Lobez and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loper research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1033, 1180, 1186, 1214, 1215, 1232, 1332, 1407, 1363, 1412, 1398, 1458, 1455, 1501, 1555 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Loper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family were Iñigo López, Count of Vizcaya in 1033, García López de Piscina, a nobleman of La Rioja in 1180, Diego López "el Bueno", a city official in Toledo in 1186, Diego López de Faro, a nobleman of Vizcaya in 1214, Garci and Lop López, brothers...

Another 158 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco López de Gómara, one of Cortés' captains. His histories tell of the discovery of the New World and recount the conquest of Mexico. Other people bearing this name who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Gabriel, who emigrated to Chile in 1560.


  • Major-General Herbert Bernard Loper (1896-1989), American Chief of Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (1952-1955)
  • Albert A. "Bert" Loper (1869-1949), pioneer of the sport of whitewater river-running in the American Southwest
  • Daniel Robert Loper (b. 1982), American football guard
  • Don Loper (1906-1972), American costume and necktie designer
  • Augusta Loper (b. 1922), American artist living in Italy

  • Loper, Keller, Van Meter and Allied Lines by Melba Wood.

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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Loper Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Loper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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