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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Hendall, co. Sussex; descended from Edmond Pope, Esq., of Hendall, d. 1550, great-grandson of Thomas Pope, of the Privy Chamber to Henry VI., by Joan his wife, dau. and heir of William Weston, of Bucksted, co. Sussex). Or, two chev. gu. on a canton of the second a mullet of the first. Crest—On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a tiger statant ar. tufted, maned, collared, ringed, and lined or.
2) Same Arms. Crest—A demi lion vert.
3) (Marnehull, co. Devon, and co. Dorset). Ar. two chevronels gu. on a chief of the last an escallop or, a bordure of the second.
4) (London). Ar. two chev. gu. on a canton of the last a mullet or.
5) Ar. a fess chequy ar. and az. betw. three bells of the last.
6) (Wilcote, Wroxton, and Dedington, co. Oxford, and Tittenhanger, co. Herts). Per pale or and az. on a chev. betw. three griffins’ heads erased four fleurs-de-lis all counterchanged. Crest—Two griffins’ heads erased addorsed or and az. ducally collared, counterchanged.
7) (Earl of Downe, extinct 1668; Sir William Pope, only son of John Pope, Esq., of Wroxton, and grandson of William Pope, Esq., of Dcelington, was created a bart. 1611, and Earl of Downe 1628; Тhomas, last Earl of Dovme, d. unm. in 1668, leaving his sisters his co-heirs, viz., Anne, m. to Sir Edward Boughton, Bart.; Beata, m. to Sir William Soames, Bart.; Frances, m. to Sir Francis North, the celebrated Lord Keeper; and Finetta, in. to Robert Hyde, Esq.). Same Arms and Crest. Supporters—Two griffins, the dexter az. ducally gorged or, the sinister or, ducally gorged az.
8) (co. Salop). Motto—Mihi tibi. Or, two chev. gu. a canton az. Crest—A cubit arm erect, habited gu. cuffed ar. holding in the hand ppr. a pair of scales or.
9) (co. Cornwall). Az. three griffins’ heads erased or. Crest—A griffin pass. ar. collared gu.
10) Ar. two chev. gu. on a chief of the second an escallop or.
11) Ar. a bend and chev. gu. on a canton of the second a mullet pierced or.
12) Sa. two keys in saltire or, in chief three talbots’ heads couped ar.
13) (General George Pope, C.B., 1862). Motto—Fideliter et fortiter. Gu. an antique crown within two branches of laurel in saltire betw. three mullets or, on a chief erm. a key sa. surmounting a sword ppr. in saltire. Crest—A demi lion ramp. gu. gorged with an antique crown or, and holding in the dexter paw a key in bend of the last.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Pope Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Pope Origin:


Origins of Name:

The surname of Pope is of a Scottish origin, but has possible derivatives in the languages of: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Czech, Polish, Flemish, Dutch, Finnish, Romanian, Croatian, and Latin. The surname of Pope is said to be an English name denoting status or wealth. This surname of Pope derives from the ecclesiastical title of the Roman Catholic Church, which comes from the Latin word “Papa” which can be translated to mean “father” but in a transferred sense, “The Pope.” Originally, in the Christian Church, the Latin “Papa” was used to mean “father” as the title of respect and recognition for those in all ranks of the clergy. However, in the Western Church, “Papa” became reserved only to recognize a bishop, and then eventually only used to denote the bishop of Rome. In the Eastern Churches, “Papa” is still used today to refer to all clergymen, such as priests. As a surname, Pope most likely originated as a nickname for someone who was said to have a rigid religious appearance, such as an actor who played the part of The Pope in a medieval pageant or play.


More common variations are:

Popey, Poppe, Poope, Popie, Popea, Popeo, Popei, Popee, Popoe, Popeh, Pape, Papa, Papaccio, Papazzo, Papamino, Papaminas, Lepope, Pabst, Babst, Baff, Paff, Pfaff, Pfaffe, Papez, Papiez, Papierz, Papis, De Paepe, Pappi, Popov, Patatov, Popa, Popescu, Pfaffel, Papen, Paffen, Popovic, and Popescu



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Pope was found in the country of England in the year 1287. The person who was said to be named as one Agnes le Pope, who was a witness to a charter in Cambridgeshire, which was known as the “Liber Memorandorum Ecclesie de Bernewelle.” Those who live in the country of England who bear the surname of Pope are found throughout the entire country. The place that is most populated with those who bear the surname of Pope is the southern coast of the country. Those who bear this surname can be found from Cornwall to Kent, and everything in between.


Those who bear the surname of Pope originated in the Caithness region of the country of Scotland. However, since this original mention of the surname of Pope, those who bear this surname have spread into the regions of Aberdeenshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Angus, and Renfrewshire counties.

United States of America:

During the Great European Migration in the 17th Century, many settlers from Europe began to move to the United States of America in search of a better life. Those who migrated to the United States were interested in the freedoms that were promised in this new land, which was referred to as The New World, and The Colonies. The first person who bore the surname of Pope and made the trek to the New World was one Elizabeth Pope, who landed in the state of Virginia in the year of 1623. Thomas Pope followed Elizabeth seven years later, and arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in the year 1630. Those who carry the surname of Pope can be found in the eastern half of the United States and especially found in North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Alabama, New York, California and the state of Michigan.

Pope Today:

United States 70,901

England 13,702

Australia 5,314

Canada 3,850

South Africa 1,991

New Zealand 1,690

Ghana 1,198

Germany 1,143

Wales 1,050

Scotland 788

Notable People:

Miss Effie Brooks Pope, who was a 1st Class Passenger from Farmington, Connecticut, USA, who was aboard the RMS Lusitania when it began to sink, but managed to escape and survived the sinking of this vessel

Brigadier-General Francis Horton Pope (1879-1971) who was attached to the Office of the Quartermaster-General from the year 1941 to the year 1943

Lawrence Edgar Pope (1940-2013) who was an educator and politician from America, and was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from the year 1979 to the year 1983

A.J. Pope, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Iowa in the year 1868, and was a Republican politician from America

Alexander Pope, who was a Member of the Texas State House of Representatives in the 14th District from the year 1887 to the year 1888, and was a politician from America

Alexander H. Pope, who was a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from California in the year 1956 as an alternate, and as a Delegate in the year 1964, and was a Democratic politician from America

Pope Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Pope blazon are the chevron, canton, mullet and fleur-de-lis. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, gules and azure .

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 7. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 8.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

“The canton stands very high among honourable bearings”, according to Wade, a noted symbologist 12. The canton is a square shape, normally occupying the dexter chief of the shield. An early example is SUTTON, Bishop of Lincoln in the 13th century, who bore “argent a canton sable”. It occupies less space than a quarter and hence is sometimes added to an existing shield to difference branches of the same family, or, when a charge is added to it, to indicate some honour has been recieved 13. Wade remarks, that, in common with all square features can be associated with the virtue of“constancy”.

The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 14. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 15. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 16.

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  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 2 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 9 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
  • 10 The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P48
  • 13 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Canton
  • 14 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
  • 15 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
  • 16 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105