Opp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Opp dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Opp is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.
Early Origins of the Opp family
The surname Opp was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.
Early History of the Opp family
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Opp Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Opp have been found, including Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.
Early Notables of the Opp family (pre 1700)
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Opp migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Opp, or a variant listed above:
Opp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Opp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 
- Joh Valentin Opp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 
- Matthias Opp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 
- Philip Wendel Opp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 
- Michael Opp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 
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Opp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Opp, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1853 
- Henry Opp, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 
- George W Opp, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 
- Andreas Opp, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 
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The Opp Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ 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)