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Origins Available: German
The surname Waldrop could be of patronymic
origin, derived from the name of the father of the original bearer, indicating the "son of Waldrap." The Germanic personal name Waldrap, is a short form of Walraven, a name used mostly among nobles, knights, and patricians. It stems from the Germanic words "wald" meaning "forest" and "rabe" meaning "raven." Alternatively, the surname Waldrop can be of locative origin, derived from a geographical feature near where the original bearer once dwelled. In this case the surname Waldrop comes from the Germanic "wald" meaning "forest" and the Old Norse "throp" meaning "hamlet or small settlement." Thus the surname may signify "dweller by the forest hamlet."
The surname Waldrop was first found in the Lower Rhineland
, where it was a popular name. References to the surname can be found in German documents dating back to the very late 13th and early 14th centuries. Detmar Walraven lived in Lubeck in 1299, and one named Walraf was a city official and resident of Herbertingen in 1345. Gobel Walrave was a resident of the city of Cologne in 1417. Andreas Waldraff resided in Constance in 1580, and in 1582 his name is listed as Andreas Wallraff.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Waldrep, Waldrip, Waldrop, Waltrap, Waltrip, Waltrup, Walrab, Waldraff, Wallraff, Waldroff, Wohlrab and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waldrop research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1689, 1720, 1724, 1748 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Waldrop History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waldrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Waldrop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henrich Waldrop, who served as a mercenary soldier with the British during the American Revolution, and settled in North America in 1784
Waldrop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Waldrop settled in Indiana around 1891
Waldrop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- J. P. Waldrop, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1904
- C. P. Waldrop, who settled in America, in 1907
- Mrs. John P. Waldrop, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1909
- John P. Waldrop, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
- Mary E. Waldrop, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1910
Waldrop Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Waldrop was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario
- William Waldrop, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario
- Robert F. Waldrop (b. 1971), American former professional NFL football defensive tackle
- Howard Waldrop (b. 1946), American science fiction author
- Nancy A. Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980
- Mitchell Waldrop, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1930
- Joseph R. Waldrop (1825-1872), American politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1869
- Ike Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1972
- Greg Waldrop, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012
- Charles M. Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950
- Ann Boyd Waldrop, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012
- Rosmarie Waldrop (b. 1935), German-born, American poet, translator and publisher
- 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).
- Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
- Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
- Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
- Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
The Waldrop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waldrop 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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