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The roots of the ancient Scottish name Pyper are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts. Pyper is a name for a person who played the bagpipes.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Pyper has been spelled 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.


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

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

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Pyper:

Pyper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Pyper, who landed in America in 1764
  • Thomas Pyper, who arrived in America in 1764

Pyper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Pyper, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837

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  • Mrs. B. T. Pyper, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1916


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