Waldrop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Waldrop family

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.

Early History of the Waldrop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waldrop research. Another 43 words (3 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Waldrop Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waldrep, Waldrip, Waldrop, Waltrap, Waltrip, Waltrup, Walrab, Waldraff, Wallraff, Waldroff, Wohlrab and many more.

Early Notables of the Waldrop family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Waldrop during this period were Verschliffen Walrabe, who was the Archbishop of Cologne in 1340, and the Wallrave family of Prussia, who...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waldrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Waldrop migration to the United States +

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, who 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Mary E. Waldrop, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Waldrop migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Waldrop (post 1700) +

  • Robert F. Waldrop (b. 1971), American former professional NFL football defensive tackle
  • Howard Waldrop (b. 1946), American science fiction author
  • Rosmarie Waldrop (b. 1935), German-born, American poet, translator and publisher
  • Frank Waldrop, American author, former editor of the Washington Times-Herald
  • Nancy A. Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980 [1]
  • Mitchell Waldrop, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1930 [1]
  • Joseph R. Waldrop (1825-1872), American politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1869 [1]
  • Ike Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1972 [1]
  • Greg Waldrop, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012 [1]
  • Charles M. Waldrop, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950 [1]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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