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The distinguished surname Loper is of German origin. It is derived from "Loop," the name of a city located in the northern state of Holstein. Alternatively, it may also be derived from "Loope," the name of a town on the Sieg River in Westphalia.

Early Origins of the Loper family

The surname Loper was first found in the cities of Loop and Loope; it is likely that two separate branches of the families emerged in these two regions. The progenitor of the name is believed to have moved to another region from one of these cities, and was therefore referred to as "Loper." The young Loper family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval German society.

Early History of the Loper family

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Loper Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loop, Loup, Loper, Löper, Loepp, Löpp, Loppo and many more.

Early Notables of the Loper family (pre 1700)

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Loper Ranking

In the United States, the name Loper is the 4,152nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Loper family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Loper, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1804; Remmer Loop, who emigrated from East Frisia to New York in 1855; John Loepp and Elisabeth Loepp, Mennonites who came to Philadelphia in 1877.

Contemporary Notables of the name Loper (post 1700) +

  • Collyn "Whitly" Loper (b. 1986), American sport shooter who won a gold medal in trap shooting at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • James Leaders Loper (1931-2013), American television executive who co-founded KCET in 1964 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from 1983 to 1999
  • David E. Loper, American geologist, having been Distinguished Research Professor (1991-1992) and the George W. DeVore Professor of Geological Science at Florida State University (1999)
  • Brad Loper (b. 1970), American photojournalist, best known for winning the Pulitzer Prize for his breaking news photography during Hurricane Katrina in 2005
  • Alonzo A. Loper (1829-1917), American farmer and politician who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1873 and then in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1878 and 1879
  • Daniel Robert Loper (b. 1982), American NFL football guard who has played from 2005 to 2011
  • Albert A. "Bert" Loper (1869-1949), American pioneer of the sport of whitewater river-running in the American Southwest
  • Major-General Herbert Bernard Loper (1896-1989), American Chief of Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (1952-1955) [2]
  • Don Loper (1906-1972), American costume and necktie designer
  • Augusta Loper (b. 1922), American artist living in Italy

Suggested Readings for the name Loper +

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

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Herbert Loper. Retrieved from on Facebook