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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."

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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.


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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.

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Another 405 words (29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  • 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


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  • Loper, Keller, Van Meter and Allied Lines by Melba Wood.
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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
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The Loper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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