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.

Early Origins of the Wardrop family

The surname Wardrop was first found in Scotland, where Robert de Warderob witnessed a charter by Countess Margaret of Buchan in favor of the Abbey of Arbroath in 1210. The Wardrop family held estates in Dumbartonshire from the end of the 13th century, and played a valiant part in the medieval history of this region.

Early History of the Wardrop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wardrop research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1296, 1450, 1606, 1608, 1782, and 1869 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)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wardrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [1]
  • 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 [1]

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 [2]

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. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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