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Where did the German Sipple family come from? When did the Sipple family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sipple family history?

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Sipple. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Sipple family.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Sipple include Seibert, Seibrecht, Seybert, Sybert, Seiberth, Sybrecht and many more.

First found in the northern regions, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the area. Chronicles trace the name back to Sybrecht in the early Middle Ages, when it was also found in its Latin form Sybertus. Both forms appear in Breslau chronicles of 1320. Another possible origin is "Sigbert." From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory an important contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sipple research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1661 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Sipple History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sipple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Sipple Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Danl Sipple, aged 25, landed in Key West, Fla in 1843
  • Sophie Sipple, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848

Sipple Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Minnie Sipple, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Lena Sipple, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • John Sipple, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Barbara Sipple, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Kergestetten, Germany, in 1923
  • Catharine Sipple, aged 26, who settled in America from Kergestetten, Germany, in 1923


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  • Oliver William "Billy" Sipple (1941-1989), United States Marine and Vietnam War veteran known for saving the life of US President Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt on September 22, 1975


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