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About the study

A Dartmouth branch of the Roope family was the subject of a detailed study by various members of my family and has been actively researched by myself since 2000. The surname has now been traced (using primary and secondary sources), as far back as 1470. Though there still remain a few 'brickwalls' to break down.

Still with a keen interest in the surname, a decision was recently made to commence a One Name Study. Wishing to 'plough a new furrow', I have begun collecting all examples of the surname and its variants in Norfolk, which has one of the largest instances of the surname. The study will gradually widen to include the whole of the UK and then worldwide-where it can be found mostly in the USA and Canada. Contributions to the study (which is in its very early days), will be most gratefully received.

Variant names

The registered surname is Roope with variants Roop, Rope and Roupe. I anticipate adding Roper at a later date.

Name origin

'A Dictionary of Surnames' (Hanks & Hodges) gives two examples.

Firstly: from the English as a maker or seller of rope.

Secondly: from the French (Brittany) as a variant of Robert.

History of the name

No known Roope has risen to be of major national importance. Nonetheless, the following should be noted:-

Lt Commander Gerard Broadmead Roope VC (1905-1940) was awarded Britain & the Commonwealth's highest award for bravery in April 1940.

Graham Roope (1946-2006). An English test cricketer between 1973-78. He also played for Surrey & Berkshire.

Hunt, Roope & Co. (Port Wine shipping firm). Founded in the 17th century, the firm's origins centred round the long established Dartmouth families of Newman, Roope, Holdsworth, Hunt & Teage (with numerous inter-marriages). A branch of the Roope family lived and traded for many generations in Oporto and Lisbon. The Roope connection with this firm died out in the early 20th century.

Name frequency

1851 Census

According to The Genealogist, there are 144 instances of the Roope surname. The largest concentrations are: Norfolk (28), London (28), Cambridgeshire (26).
Rope occurs 437 times. Norfolk (91), London (85)
Roop occurs just 6 times.

1881 Census

There are 192 instances of the Roope surname. Largest clusters: London (53), Cambridge (27).
The Rope surname occurs 404 times. Highest numbers are found in London (53) and Norfolk (78).
Examples of the Roop surnames amount to 9 and Roupe 2.

In 2002 according to ONS statistics there were just 179 people bearing the surname Roope and it ranked 22,902 in popularity!
The Rope surname accounted for 195 people & Roop 23. There are no records for Roupe.

Distribution of the name

The census returns show distinct concentrations of the surname & its variants in East Anglia, London & Devonshire.


I have extensive data on a Dartmouth branch of the Roope family (BMD's, Census, Wills etc). Do feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to help.

I am now collecting BMD's, from the GRO & Parish Registers for Norfolk.