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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 of England in 1066.

Rope Early Origins



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.

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Rope Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rope Early History


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Rope Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rope research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rope Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rope Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rope Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rope (post 1700)


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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

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Rope Historic Events


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Rope Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ernest Rope, British Assistant Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Rope Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Rope Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rope 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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