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The history of the Roper family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Derbyshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Rupier, in Calvados, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name was derived fro the Old English word "rap" which was an occupational name for a "roper" or "rope-maker." Interestingly, the Roper spelling tends to be seen more often in the north, while the Raper spelling tend to be found in the south. Conversely, another etymology of the name goes thusly: "There is a very ancient family of the Ropers in Cumberland, who have lived immemorially near a quarry of red spate there, from whence they first took the surname Rubra Spatha. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This latter etymology is plausible as De Rubra Spatha is a Latinized form of Roper or Rooper.

Roper Early Origins



The surname Roper was first found in Derbyshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor of Turndiche and estates in that shire. One of the first records of the name was Roger Raper who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219. One year later, Richard le Ropere was listed in Hertfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Of note was Richard Furneux, a lineal descendant of Robert de Fourneux, temp. Henry I., assumed the name of Roper in 1428, on his marriage with the heiress of Roper of Turndiche. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The township of Moorhouse in Durham held a special significance to the family. "In the seventeenth century this township was the seat, in succession, of the families of Ingleby and Roper." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
At one time the family held a manor at Aston-Upon-Trent in Derbyshire. "The manor was granted after the Reformation to Sir William Paget, and subsequently passed to the Ropers, from whom it was purchased in 1649 by the Holden family." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Roper Spelling Variations


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Roper Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Roper, Rooper, Ruper, Ropear and others.

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Roper Early History


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Roper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roper research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1534, 1618, 1928, 1636, 1498, 1578, 1658, 1745, 1794 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Roper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roper Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Roper ( c. 1498-1578), an English biographer; Samuel Roper (died 1658), antiquary, the eldest son of Thomas Roper of Heanor, Derbyshire; Trevor Charles Roper (1745-1794), 18th Baron Dacre; Colonel Roper (d.1788), Commander...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roper In Ireland


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Roper In Ireland



Some of the Roper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Roper or a variant listed above were:

Roper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Phillipp Roper, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Clement Roper arrived in Virginia in 1623 along with Thomas
  • Clement Roper, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Hanna Roper, aged 23, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • John Roper, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1641
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Roper arrived in Maryland in 1730
  • Catherine Roper settled with her husband in Virginia in 1774

Roper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bryan Roper, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Peggy Roper, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Roper, aged 54, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1838
  • Richard Roper, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1851
  • William Roper, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1851

Roper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Roper, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Thomas Roper, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Robert Roper, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roper (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roper (post 1700)



  • Major-General Harry McKenzie Roper (1901-1982), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 7th Division (1951-1952)
  • Sylvester H. Roper (1823-1896), American inventor of the motorcycle and the shotgun choke, inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Lanning Roper (1912-1983), American landscape architect
  • Moses Roper (1810-1861), American mulatto slave who escaped to England and wrote a book about his slavery experiences entitled Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper from American Slavery
  • Brian T. Roper (1929-1994), English-born, American film and television actor
  • John Christopher Roper (b. 1971), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1993 to 1995
  • Clyde F. E. Roper (b. 1937), American zoologist at the Smithsonian Institution, noted for his search for the Giant Squid
  • Jesse M. Roper (1851-1901), American officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, eponym of the USS Roper (DD-147), a Wickes-class destroyer
  • Elmo Burns Roper Jr. (1900-1971), American pollster, founder of Roper Opinion Research Company which published the "Roper Poll"
  • Daniel Calhoun Roper (1867-1943), American politician, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1933-1938), U.S. Ambassador to Canada in 1939
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roper Historic Events


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Roper Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Roper, British, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Roper, English Able-Bodied Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Roper


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Suggested Readings for the name Roper



  • The Roper Family Bible Record by Mary Waller Shepherd Soper.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lux anglis crux Francis
Motto Translation: Light to the English, a cross to the French.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Roper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roper 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.

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