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Re: Reap/Reep family name
Posted by: John V. Reeb Date: November 16, 1999 at 11:20:47
In Reply to: Re: Reap/Reep family name by Jo-Ann Reap of 135

In regards to the statement that REAP is IRISH and REEP is German would depend upon the specific family you are talking about. In America the sur-names of both Irish and Germans have not always remained spelled as they were in the country of origin. And in fact to a certain extent the spelling of surnames also evolved or were changed even in the country of origin. For example, the name REAP which is found in County May, Ireland was pronounced in such a way that many of that name eventually became spelled as RAPE. Further, I believe that the name of some REAP family members from Ireland also evolved to RAPE in the United States after their arrival here. The name in Ireland is believed to have originated there during the time of the Spanish Armada when people went ashore in County Mayo. So the name was probably derived from a Spanish name in Ireland, thus is truly not an original Irish name at all. There is one family who descends from a Johann Gustavus REEB (German), a man who came from what was then Nassau-Saarwerden (now western Bas-Rhin, France) whose name became spelled as REAP just as did his brother Johann Peter Reeb during the 1780s. Gustavus Reeb a.k.a. Augustian REAP died in 1781 and the descendants of his only surviving son carry the spelling to this day as REAP in Stanly County, NC. In the U.S.A. there are numerous REEPS. I have no proof that there was not an original name in Germany with that spelling but I believe that most of the name REEP can be traced back to the German sur-name spelled RIEB which can be a derivation of the German name RUB (umlaut over the u). My point is that it is an over simplification to state that REAP is Irish and REEP is German. It all depends upon where you find the name and who they were.

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