Roper Family History

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Roper Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rap ‘rope’. See also Roop. Variant of French Robert. North German (Röper): occupational name for a town crier, from an agent derivative of Middle Low German ropen ‘to call’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rover, Roder, Roker, Koper, Raper, Royer, Soper, Roger, Reder, Roser

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Roper Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roper name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Roper. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Roper Family Origin

Where is the Roper family from?

Roper Family Occupations

What did your Roper ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Roper family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roper. The most common Roper occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Roper's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Roper ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Roper Historical Records

What Roper family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 181,000 census records available for the last name Roper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Roper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Roper. For the veterans among your Roper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Roper Life Expectancy

What is the average Roper lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Roper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Roper in 1942 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roper ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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