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The surname Reaper may come from the Irish O Reabaigh. Reap is pronounced Rape and is sometimes appears spelt in that form.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reap, Rafe, Rape, Reapy and others.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reaper research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reaper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Reaper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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The Reaper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reaper 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 2 October 2003 at 16:11.

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