Show ContentsRoop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Roop came to England with the ancestors of the Roop family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Roop family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Rupierre, in Caen, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Roop family

The surname Roop was first found in Devon where they were Lords of the Manor. The family are believed to be a junior branch of the distinguished Le Sire de Rupierre of Caen in Normandy whose descendant was Roger de Rupers of Warwick and Leicester. The senior line was represented by the Barons Teynham.

Early History of the Roop family

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Roop Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Roope, Roop, Rope and others.

Early Notables of the Roop family (pre 1700)

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Roop Ranking

In the United States, the name Roop is the 6,786th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Roop migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Roop or a variant listed above:

Roop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Roop who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736

Contemporary Notables of the name Roop (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General James Clawson Roop (1888-1972), American Director of the United States Bureau of the Budget (1929-1933), General Purchasing Agent for US Armed Forces Australia (1942-1945) [2]
  • Isaac Newton Roop (1822-1869), American politician and pioneer
  • Joyce Elaine Roop (1952-1995), American attorney and environmental activist
  • Bob Roop (b. 1942), retired American amateur and professional wrestler
  • George H. Roop (b. 1981), American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter
  • R. I. Roop, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1904, 1916 [3]
  • Jack Roop, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 22nd District; Elected 1984 [3]
  • Thomas Edward "Ted" Roop (b. 1977), Canadian radio and media personality
  • Jeff Roop (b. 1973), Canadian television, film and theatre actor

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  2. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) James Roop. Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook