Wardrop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Wardrop is thought to have emerged in the borderland region between Northern England and Scotland. The name is derived from the Old Norman "warderobe," a name given to an official of the wardrobe, and was most likely first borne by someone who held this distinguished position. [1]

The name is "from the office of keeper of the royal wardrobe. The wardrobe was a repository not only for articles of dress, but for furniture not actually in use, and for foreign spices and confections." [2]

Early Origins of the Wardrop family

The surname Wardrop was first found in Scotland, where Robertus de Warderob witnessed a charter by Countess Margaret of Buchan in favor of the Abbey of Arbroath in 1210. "John de Wardroba laid claim to certain lands in Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire, c. 1270, and Randinus de Warderoba witnessed a quitclaim of Beeth Waldef in Fife, 1278. Alisaundre de la Garderobe of Edinburghshire and David de la Garderobe of Fife rendered homage [to King Edward I of England] in 1296. John de Gardropa was appointed proluctor in Aberdeen, 1317, and Adam de Gardropa confirmed the transfer of lands to John Crab there in 1351. Thomas Vardrop de Gothynys acquired a fourth part of Thenstoun, 1450, and in 1465 as Thomas Wardropare de Gothnys he had a charter of confirmation of the lands of Thanystoune in the thanage of Kintore. Alexander Wardroper and James Wardroper witnessed a charter of lands in Scone, 1491." [2]

Further south in England, Joscelin de la Warderob(e) was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire, 1219, 1220; Thomas de Garderoba was found in Yorkshire in 1286; John atte Warderobe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327; and Thomas Warderope was registered in 1334. [3]

Early History of the Wardrop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wardrop research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1296, 1450, 1606, 1608, 1525, 1527, 1531, 1547, 1606, 1608, 1671, 1782, 1869, 1738, 1830, 1782, 1797, 1758, 1826, 1801, 1803, 1804, 1808, 1814, 1843 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Wardrop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wardrop Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wardrop, Wardrope, Wardrobe, Waldrop, Waldroppe, Waldrope, Waldropp, Waldrep and many more.

Early Notables of the Wardrop family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Wardrop of Kilpatrick, scion of the family, and James Wardrop (1782-1869), a prominent Scottish surgeon who was known for his "Essays on the Morbid Anatomy of the Human Eye," as well as for his extraordinary surgical skills. He was " the youngest child of James Wardrop (1738-1830) by his wife Marjory, daughter of Andrew Marjoribanks of Marjoribanks, was born on 14 Aug. 1782 at Torbane Hill, a small property which had belonged to his forefathers for many generations. It adjoined the parish celebrated as the birthplace of the Hunters and...
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United States Wardrop migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wardrop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Wardrop, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [4]
  • Henry Wardrop, who was listed as a runaway convict, servant, or apprentice in Philadelphia in 1752
Wardrop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Wardrop, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]

Canada Wardrop migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wardrop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Wardrop, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1775 [5]

Australia Wardrop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wardrop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Wardrop, (b. 1807), aged 34, Scottish carpenter from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Wardrop, (b. 1807), aged 34, Scottish servant from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [7]
  • Mr. Robert Wardrop, (b. 1828), aged 13, Scottish settler from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [8]
  • Mr. Gabriel Wardrop, (b. 1830), aged 11, Scottish settler from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [9]
  • Mr. John Wardrop, (b. 1833), aged 8, Scottish settler from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wardrop (post 1700) +

  • James Wardrop (1782-1869), Scottish surgeon, appointed surgeon-extraordinary by the Prince Regent and future King George IV
  • John Caldwell "Jack" Wardrop (1932-1954), Scottish silver and bronze medalist swimmer at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
  • General Sir Alexander Ernest Wardrop GCB CMG (1872-1961), British Army General, GOC-in-C Northern Command (1933-1937)
  • Sir John Oliver Wardrop (1864-1948), British diplomat, traveler and translator
  • Marjory Scott Wardrop (1869-1909), English scholar and translator of Georgian literature
  • Robert L Wardrop, Professor of Statistics University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graham Wardrop, New Zealand guitarist


The Wardrop 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: Superna sequor
Motto Translation: I follow heavenly things.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=177
  7. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=178
  8. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=179
  9. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=180
  10. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=181


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