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

Popp was a name for a confident or haughty person. Popp 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 Popp 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.


During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Popp include 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 Popp 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 Popp History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Popp:

Popp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Popp, who landed in New England in 1635

Popp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Popp, who came to America in 1764
  • Conrad Popp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Bernhard Popp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Bernhard Popp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Nicholas Popp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Popp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George A Popp, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1840
  • John Popp, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Frank Popp, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Gottlieb Popp, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1854
  • Ehrhard Popp, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1854


  • Jim Popp (b. 1964), the American general manager of the Montreal Alouettes football club
  • Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (b. 1940), American Romanian Orthodox clergyman
  • William Peter Popp (1877-1909), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Cynthia J. Popp (b. 1962), American television director and producer
  • Bernard Ferdinand Popp (b. 1917), American Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Angela Cornelia Monica Popp (b. 1968), American who has worked as a director, screenwriter, songwriter and producer
  • Alexander Popp (b. 1976), former German professional tennis player
  • Lucia Popp (1939-1993), notable Slovak operatic soprano
  • Alexandra Popp (b. 1991), German footballer
  • Wolfgang Popp (b. 1959), former professional tennis player from Germany




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