Rope is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rope 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
Early Origins of the Rope family
The surname Rope 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 Rope family
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Rope Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Roope, Roop, Rope and others.
Early Notables of the Rope family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rope family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rope or a variant listed above:
Rope Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Rope, who landed in Virginia in 1652 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Rope (post 1700)
- Douglas Bryce Rope (1923-2013), New Zealand coach of the All Blacks rugby union team from 1983 to 1984
Historic Events for the Rope family
- Mr. Ernest Rope, British Assistant Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html