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  • Col. Albert Augustus Pope (1843 - 1909)
    Bicycle and Automobile Manufacturer. During the Civil War he served in the 35th Massachusetts Infantry, leaving with the rank of Brevet Lieutenant Colonel at war's end. After the war he entered the man...
  • Albert Linder Pope (1872 - 1955)
    Biographical sketch from the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation: Born in Hartford in 1872, Albert Linder Pope was the son of inventor and businessman Colonel Albert Augustus Pope and Abby Linder Pope. ...
  • Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
    Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the t...
  • Dame Alice Townsend (1514 - 1576)
    ALICE POPPY Birth: 1510 in of, Ludlow, Shropshire, England Marriage 1 Robert (Townsend) TOWNSHEND b: 1512 in of Ludlow, Shropshire, England Married: 1 Oct 1534 in of England Children 1. TOWNS...
  • Alice Pope (Freeman) (1658 - 1755)
    The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, Barbara Lambert Merrick, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth MA, 2014, p. 147 Alice Freeman (1658 - 1755) ...

About the Pope surname

Pope Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English pope (derived via Old English from Late Latin papa ‘bishop’, ‘pope’, from Greek pappas ‘father’, in origin a nursery word.) In the early Christian Church, the Latin term was at first used as a title of respect for male clergy of every rank, but in the Western Church it gradually came to be restricted to bishops, and then only to the bishop of Rome; in the Eastern Church it continued to be used of all priests (see Popov, Papas). The nickname would have been used for a vain or pompous man, or for someone who had played the part of the pope in a pageant or play.

The surname is also present in Ireland and Scotland. North German: variant of Poppe.

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The surname 'Pope' may have originally been the name of an actor in the early 1500s, who would have played religious characters in performances.