When Gosse Stroop was born on 7 March 1875, in Weststellingwerf, Friesland, Netherlands, his father, Jan Tjabels Stroop, was 50 and his mother, Neeltje Thees De Jong, was 40. He married Geertje Langeraap on 9 May 1903, in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 29 June 1944, in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands, at the age of 69.
Dutch and North German: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stropen ‘to plunder’ or ‘to flay’, a nickname for a raider, looter or poacher, or an occupational name for a skinner.