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Re: Reap/Reep family name
Posted by: Bob Kennedy Date: May 30, 1999 at 08:27:30
In Reply to: Reap/Reep family name by Laura of 135

Reap or Reape is an Irish name that is actually pronounced "Rape" in Ireland. It's only found in County Mayo, although a varient, Reapy, is also found in County Galway. It may be from the Irish O'Reabaigh. I could only find one census record for my great-great grandfather, Michael Reap. I subsequently found various documents under Reape, Rape and Raipe. So be sure to check all spelling variations. Mayo was probably hit harder than any other county by the famine in Ireland in the late 1840's. Many of the families in Northern Mayo emigrated to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in PA, so Reap isn't uncommon there. When Griffiths Valuation was done in Mayo in 1855/1856, only 14 Reap families were mentioned: 4 in the barony of Tirawley and 10 in the barony of Gallen. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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