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RAPE Family HistoryMany "British" names have a Scandanavian origin, but is almost every case there are of Norse or Danish background. In this case the origin is believed to be Swedish and to describe a Soldier, one who was a "quick" mover and probably a scout or messenger. By the 15th Century, the surname had "moved" from the Baltic to the Flanders area, and from there into the United Kingdom from the early 17th Century and the "Huguenot" influence. The name recordings in England include the following developing examples - Madeline Rape, christened at Threadneedle Street Huguenot Church in 1674, whilst Frederick Rapp was recorded at Stepney in 1766, and on March 15th 1863, Thomas Rapps married Emma Nicholls at St.
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