The surname ‘Draper’ is of English origin. It is derived from the occupational name for a maker and seller of woollen cloth, from the Anglo Norman French word ‘draper’, (a derivative of ‘drap’, meaning ‘cloth’, possibly of Gaulic origin). The Spanish cognate of this name ‘Trapero’, derives a seller of second-hand clothes, rag-and-bone man. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Draper’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the fourteenth century were a ‘Henry le Draper’, from the county of Lancashire, England is recorded in the Lay subsidy (Rylands) in 1332. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first forefathers to bring this name to America was a certain ‘James Draper’, the fourth son of ‘Thomas Draper’, from Heptonstall Priory, Halifax, County Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to North America in 1648, aged thirty, and settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts. ‘Eben S.Draper’ from Hopedale, Massachusetts, was Lieute…
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