Early Origins of the Reeps family
The surname Reeps was first found in Norfolk
at either Repps with Bastwick, or North Reps (Northrepps) or South Repps. North and South Repps are parishes in the North Erpingham hundred
, while Repps with Bastwick is in the West Flegg hundred
. All date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where they were collectively listed as Repes, and probably meant "the stripes of land," from the Old English word "reopul." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
By 1191, the place name have evolved to be known as Repples.
As a rather rare surname, early records are scarce. The first record of the family was John Reppes who was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1408. Later, Robert Reppys was listed in Paston in 1451. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Reeps family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reeps research.Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1552, 1177, 1455, 1487, 1550, 1536, 1549, 1530, 1537 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Reeps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reeps Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Reeps have been found, including Repp, Repps, Reaps, Reeps, Rebbs, Reb, Rep and others.
Early Notables of the Reeps family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Rugg (also Rugge, Repps, Reppes; died 1550) was an English Benedictine theologian, and bishop of Norwich from 1536 to 1549. Born in Northrepps... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reeps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reeps family to Ireland
Some of the Reeps family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reeps family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Reeps, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..