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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    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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