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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 Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
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.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- 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).
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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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