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The name Raper is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a rope-maker. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

Raper Early Origins



The surname Raper was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Raper Spelling Variations


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Raper Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Raper are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Raper include Raper, Wraper, Rapper, Rapier and others.

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Raper Early History


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Raper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raper research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raper Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Raper or a variant listed above:

Raper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Raper, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Thomas Raper who settled in New Jersey in 1678
  • Thomas Raper, who landed in New Jersey in 1678

Raper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Raper, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1726
  • Stephannas Raper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Peter Raper, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740

Raper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Raper, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Raper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Godfrey Curzon Raper, who landed in Colorado in 1903

Raper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. Raper arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raper (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raper (post 1700)



  • Kenneth Raper (1908-1987), American mycologist, microbiologist, and botanist
  • George Raper (1769-1797), English Royal Navy officer and illustrator
  • John Raper (b. 1939), Australian, rugby league footballer and coach
  • Henry Raper (1799-1859), British Royal Naval lieutenant, and authority on navigation

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Raper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raper 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 December 2016 at 16:29.

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