The surname Reaper may come from the Irish O Reabaigh. Reap is pronounced Rape and is sometimes appears spelt in that form.
in the province of Connacht.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Rafe, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Francis Rafe, was sent to Virginia as servant in 1678; John Rape, who settled in Maryland in 1679; Anthony Rape, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1835.