Where Did The British Surname ‘Pope’ Come From — As In New Test Cricketer, Ollie Pope.

by Anura Guruge

Yes, of course, I have heard the NAME ‘Pope’ before BUT it was the new, 20-year old English cricketer, Ollie Pope, who made his Test debut against India yesterday that got me thinking.

Yes, there were popes that were married, and yes, there were popes that fathered children. But, I doubted whether any of those would have carried a surname ‘Pope’.

Plus, ‘Popes’ in very Anglican Britain.

So, I had to go looking. Appears it was a ‘not too nice’ nickname that stuck! Yikes. Indicated a pompous person that acted like a pope.

Yes, a possibility, that it might relate to those with a church, in particular bishopric, connection. But, the consensus is that it was most likely a nickname to start with. How a nickname eventually becomes a family name is a whole another conundrum.

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by Anura Guruge

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