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The surname Waltrip 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 Waltrip can be of locative origin, derived from a geographical feature near where the original bearer once dwelled. In this case the surname Waltrip 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."

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The surname Waltrip 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waltrip research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1689, 1720, 1724, 1748 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Waltrip History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waltrip Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Walraf, who arrived in England in 1709 on the way to settling in America, Gerhardt Walraht, who arrived in New York in 1710; Henrich Waldrop, who served as a mercenary soldier with the British during the American Revolution, and settled in North America in 1784. Wiley Waldrope immigrated to Texas in 1835.

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  • Kim Waltrip (b. 1956), American actress and producer, co-founder and Vice Chair of Kim and Jim Productions, LLC., a film and television production company
  • Brian Waltrip (b. 1978), American soccer player
  • Michael Curtis Waltrip (b. 1963), American professional race car driver, co-owner and co-founder of Michael Waltrip Racing
  • Paul M. Waltrip, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956


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