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

The name Rapper is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rapper include Raper, Wraper, Rapper, Rapier and others.

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

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rapper were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Raper who settled in New Jersey in 1678; and Peter Raper, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740.

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