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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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The surname Reaper was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

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


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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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  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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.

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