Pope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Pope is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a confident or haughty person. Pope 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 Pope 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.

Early Origins of the Pope family

The surname Pope was 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.

Early History of the Pope family

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Pope Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Pope has been written Pope, Paip, Pape, Paipe, Popp and others.

Early Notables of the Pope family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Thomas Pope (died 1400), from Gloucester, was an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Gloucester in 1393 and 1397; Sir Thomas Pope (1507-1559), English founder of Trinity College, Oxford, elder son of William Pope, a small landowner at Deddington, near Banbury; and Walter Pope (c. 1627-1714), an English astronomer and poet from Northamptonshire. Sir William Pope (1573-1631) of Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, was...
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United States Pope migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Pope:

Pope Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Pope, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Thomas Pope, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • John Pope, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Francis Pope, who arrived in Maryland in 1635 [1]
  • Joseph Pope, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pope Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Pope, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • William Pope, who landed in Georgia in 1739 [1]
Pope Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Pope, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 [1]
  • Alexander Pope, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Abraham Pope, aged 54, who arrived in Missouri in 1849 [1]
  • Henry Pope, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Frederich Pope, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Pope migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pope Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Pope, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Thomas Pope, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Henry Pope, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Pope, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • George Pope, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pope migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pope Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel George Pope, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Pope, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Samuel George Pope, (b. 1810), aged 30, British carpenter travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Pope, (b. 1806), aged 34, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Pope, (b. 1813), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pope (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Pope (1954-2020), American Academy Award nominated set decorator, best known for her work on the 2003 film Seabiscuit
  • Carmelita Pope (1924-2019), American actress of stage and screen, know for her role in A Streetcar Named Desire and close friendship with Marlon Brando
  • Andrew Jackson "Jack" Pope Jr. (1913-2017), American judge, attorney, author and legal scholar, 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas (1982-1985)
  • David Pope (1962-2016), American NBA basketball player
  • John Edwin Pope (1928-2017), American journalist and sportswriter at the Miami Herald
  • Brigadier-General Francis Horton Pope (1879-1971), American Attached to the Office of the Quartermaster-General (1941-1943) [9]
  • Lawrence Edgar Pope (1940-2013), American educator and politician, member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1979-1983)
  • Colonel Percival Clarence Pope (1841-1922), United States Marine awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery
  • Thomas A. Pope (1894-1989), soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • James Pinckney Pope (1884-1966), American politician, mayor of Boise, Idaho, and a U.S. Senator from Idaho
  • ... (Another 81 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Geoffrey C Pope (b. 1900), English Supply Chief Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Hoyland, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Henry James Pope, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Pope, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Reginald A. Pope, British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
  • George Arthur Pope (1910-1939), British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Effie Brooks Pope, American 1st Class Passenger from Farmington, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Pope +

  • 460 The Barrens: a Family History of South Central Kentucky by Emery H. White, Pabst, Bobst, Pobst, Pope Family in the South by Jennings Bland Pope.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Francis Pope. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pope/Francis_Horton/USA.html
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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