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

The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Whipple family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Whipple family originally lived in Devon at the parish of Whimple.


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Whimple, Whirple, Whipple, Wipley, Whippy and many more.

First found in East Devon at Whimple, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Winple [1] and gets its name from a stream that originally ran through the area as in the Celtic name meaning "white pool or stream." [2] The Whimple Wassail is an orchard-visiting wassail ceremony which takes place annually every Old Twelfth Night (January 17th.)


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whipple research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1617, 1685, 1662, 1746, 1687, 1750, 1743 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Whipple History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whipple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Whipple:

Whipple Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Whipple (c. 1617-1685) who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Matthew Whipple, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Whipple, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1668
  • Francis Whipple, who settled in Barbados in 1683

Whipple Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Whipple, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Whipple settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W. H. Whipple settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Albert Whipple, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Arnold Whipple, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • William Whipple (1730-1785), American signer of Declaration of Independence who descended from Matthew Whipple, an Englishman who migrated to America before 1638
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple (b. 1906), American astronomer who became director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), remaining in this post until 1973. He was awarded the Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Award, by US President John F. Kennedy (1963)
  • George Hoyt Whipple (1878-1976), American pathologist
  • John Adams Whipple (1822-1891), American inventor and early photographer
  • Joseph Whipple III (1725-1761), American deputy governor of Rhode Island, 1751-1753
  • Maurine Whipple (1903-1992), American novelist
  • Commodore Abraham Whipple (1733-1819), American revolutionary naval commander who served in the Continental Navy, eponym of the USS Whipple (DD- 217/AG-117), a Clemson-class destroyer, the USS Whipple (FF-1062), a destroyer escort and the USS Whipple (DD-15), a torpedo boat destroyer
  • Allen Whipple (1881-1963), American surgeon, eponym of the Whipple procedure
  • George Chandler Whipple (1866-1924), American civil engineer and an expert in the field of sanitary microbiology, co-founder of the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Amiel Weeks Whipple (1818-1863), American military engineer, surveyor and brigadier general in the American Civil War, where he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville



  • The Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene Community at Quakertown, Connecticut by Robert W. Merriam.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Whipple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whipple 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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