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Where did the Scottish Pape family come from? What is the Scottish Pape family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pape family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pape family history?

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Pape as a name. It was a name for a confident or haughty person. Pape is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Pape comes from the Old English word pope, which referred to the Bishop of Rome, and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although this is also a title of office, as a surname, it was most often applied as a nickname.


In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Pape has been spelled Pope, Paip, Pape, Paipe, Popp and others.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pape research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1602, 1598, 1400, 1393, 1397, 1627 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Pape History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pape Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Pape:

Pape Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carell Henrich Pape, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Andreas Pape, who landed in America in 1780
  • Johann Pape, who landed in America in 1783

Pape Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Claus Pape, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Dorothea Pape, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • William Oswold Pape, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Friedrich Pape, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Anton Pape, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845

Pape Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Pape, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Pape Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Pape arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • John Pape, aged 24, a mason, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874


  • Brigadier-General Robin Bernard Pape (1903-2002), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), 6th Army (1946-1948)
  • Paul Pape (b. 1952), American actor
  • Gordon Kendrew Pape (b. 1936), Canadian (American born) author, best know for his personal finance guides
  • Robert Anthony Pape Jr. (b. 1960), American political scientist, professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
  • Arthur Albert Brinkley Pape (1890-1945), English cricketer
  • Albert Arthur Pape (1897-1955), English footballer
  • Burkhard Pape (b. 1932), German former professional football player and manager
  • Charles Pape, Belgian Olympic fencer
  • Lygia Pape (1927-2004), influential Brazilian artist
  • Frank Cheyne Pape (1878-1972), English artist and book illustrator



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The Pape Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pape 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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