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

The German surname Ipsen has several possible origins. Firstly, the surname may be of patronymic origin, derived from the name of the father of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Ipsen comes from the Frisian personal name Ibo, which stem from either the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, or from the Old High German "hiltja" meaning "battle, handle of a sword." Or the name could come from the Frisian personal name Eybe, a short from of Eilbert. Also Ibing, which is documented in the sources, can be a short form of Ibbers or Ibbeken. The name Ipsen, also appears in sources as a female personal name, as in Yba in Hamburg in the 13th century, and Ybika in Westphalia in 1275. Thus the surname can also be matronymic, derived from the personal name of the mother. Alternatively, the surname Ipsen can be of locative origin, from a geographical feature near which the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. Here, we find the surname Ipsen again deriving from the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, suggesting that the bearer lived nest to such a tree. Also, the surname Ipsen may be of toponymic origin, derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. There are many towns with the element "Ibe" in Germany, such as Ibach, Ibendahl, Eiba, Eibau, and Ibendorf. In Hamburg and Flensburg, the "b" often appears as a "p," creating names like Ipsen.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Iben, Ibe, Iber, Ibsen, Ipsen, Ibing, Iba, Iva, Ihbe, Eibe and many more.

First found in Lower Saxony, where the name is connected to Bremen and Hamburg. The name also appears often in Röstock, in Mecklenburg. However, the surname Ipsen can be traced back to 13th century Carinthia, where one named Ivo was the archbishop in 1254. Jacob Ybing resided in Hamburg in 1266, and Godeke Yben filius Ybonis in Stralsund in 1300. Ybo de Frisia was recorded in 1301. Konrad von der Ybe was a resident of Freiberg in Saxony in the year 1412, and Franz Yban was the archpriest of that city in 1425.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ipsen research. Another 108 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ipsen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ipsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ipsen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Friedrich Eduard Ipsen, who settled in Iowa in 1867
  • Jan Martin Ipsen in New York in 1870
  • Louis Peter Ipsen went to California in 1897

Ipsen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John Frederick Ipsen in New York in 1912

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The Ipsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ipsen 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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