The name Cheppes comes from a name for a rotund individual. The nickname
is derived from the Old English word cypping,
which is further derived from the Old German word kupp,
which meant "to swell, to be swollen." The name Cheppes is derived from the simple form of the word cypping, cyppe.
Early Origins of the Cheppes family
The surname Cheppes was first found in Hampshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cheppes family
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Cheppes Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cheppes include Kipps, Kipp, Kippe, Keppe, Cheppe and others.
Early Notables of the Cheppes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheppes family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cheppes or a variant listed above: Jean Kipps who sailed to Barbados in 1680 and William Kipps who arrived in Maryland in 1740.