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Where did the Scottish Piper family come from? What is the Scottish Piper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Piper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Piper family history?

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Piper family. It is a name for a person who played the bagpipes.


When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Piper has been written Piper, Pyper and others.

First found in at Innerbundy in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piper research. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1457, 1546, and 1667 are included under the topic Early Piper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Piper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Piper:

Piper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Piper settled in Virginia in 1623
  • James Vocat Piper, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Piper settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Ann Piper, who landed in Maryland in 1655
  • Nathaniel Piper, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1666

Piper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Natt Piper, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Mary Piper, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Joseph Piper, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Bernard Piper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • John Michael Piper, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1764

Piper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Piper, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Stepn Piper, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Trina Piper, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Count August Piper who arrived in New York in 1837
  • George Piper, aged 33, landed in Missouri in 1844

Piper Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Ida Auguste Wilhelmine Piper, who landed in Chile in 1912


  • Henry Beam Piper (1904-1964), American science fiction author
  • William Thomas Piper (1881-1970), American airplane manufacturer, and founder, eponym of Piper Aircraft
  • Adrian Margaret Smith Piper (b. 1948), award-winning American conceptual artist and philosopher
  • Edward Blake Christmas Piper (1938-1990), English painter
  • Gordon Piper (1932-2004), Australian film and television actor and theatre director
  • Lloyd Piper (1923-1983), Australian cartoonist and art teacher
  • Luke Piper (b. 1966), English landscape painter
  • Myfanwy Piper (1911-1997), English art critic and opera librettist
  • John Egerton Christmas Piper CH (1903-1992), English painter and printmaker


  • Scruggs Piper Connections by Jane Melonie Scruggs Piper.

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The Piper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Piper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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