The English surname Roper occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rap meaning “rope.” The surname is first recorded in England in the early medieval period and examples include Richard le Ropere in the Curia Regis Rolls of Hertfordshire in the year 1220, and Robertus Roper in the poll tax registers of Yorkshire in 1379. In 1525 William Roper married Margaret More in London. She was the daughter of Sir Thomas More, executed by Henry V111th in 1535. An ancient lead box was discovered in the Roper Vault at St. Dunstan's church, Canterbury, where her husband was buried. This was opened in June 1824, and contained a head, assumed to be that of Sir Thomas More. Today there are approximately 20,000 bearers of the name Roper in the US.
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