Origins Available: English
The Washopp surname is thought to be a habitational or local
name, taken on from the name of the town of Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire
, recorded in the Domesday Book
as "Wareshope," and thought to derive from the Old English name "Woer" and "hop," meaning an enclosed valley.
Early Origins of the Washopp family
The surname Washopp was first found in Nottinghamshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Warsop, where Roger de Bully or Buslei, a Norman Baron
held the estates and who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. He was from Bully in Neufchatel.
Early History of the Washopp family
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Washopp Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Warsop, Warsap, Warshop, Washop, Warshopp, Washup, Washopp, Worsnop and many more.
Early Notables of the Washopp family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Washopp family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Warsop, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1760; and Joseph Warsop, who was on record in Detroit in 1854.