Just today saw your posting and the response on the origin of the Waldrep name. My Mother was a Waldrep from SC and her sister (my aunt) has passed along to me the following information. These excerpts are from:
THE WALDROPS IN AMERICA, 1699-1966
By James M. Waldrop
(James Marion Waldrop, the author, was formerly a Senior Announcer of the National Broadcasting Company in New York City for a number of years, and has worked for various large advertising agency corporations in New York City as a free-lance announcer and actor on various networks.)
The Waldrops originated in Britain, ……... This is a history of the name – its meaning and origin………………..
Dr. P. H. Reaney, in “A Dictionary of British Surnames”, says that the name “Wardrop” was originated by a British official of the Royal Household in charge of the Robes, Wearing Apparel, etc. The name Thomas De La Wardrobe in the year 1210 in the earliest appearance of the name insofar as my researches have discovered. The name Wardrop – Wardrobe has evolved in America to the Waldrop spelling most often used.
George F. Black, Ph. D., researchist with the New York City Public Library for over twenty years, published after his retirement “The Surnames of Scotland – Their Origin, Meaning and History”. Dr. Black says the name is “from the Office of Keeper of the Royal Wardrobe. The Wardrobe was a repository not only for articles of dress on Royal occasions, but for furniture not actually in use and for foreign spices and confections.”
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