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Chip History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Chip is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a carpenter, from the wood chips that festooned a carpenter's hair and body.

Early Origins of the Chip family


The surname Chip was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Chip family


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Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1327, 1531, 1606, 1620 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Chip History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chip Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chip were recorded, including Chipp, Chip, Chyppe, Chypp, Chips, Chipps, Chippes, Chippe, Chipet, Chipman, Chippman and many more.

Early Notables of the Chip family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Chip family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chip family emigrate to North America: Edmond Chipps, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Edmond Chipperfield, who came to Boston in 1635; John Chipper, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1654 and 1663.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chip (post 1700)


  • Curtis Chip Kell (b. 1949), American former center in the CFL, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Chip Wass (b. 1965), American illustrator, designer, and animator
  • Chip Hooper (1962-2016), American music industry agent
  • Chip Conley (b. 1960), American hotelier, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • Chip Walbert, American guitarist, best known for his work with Until The End, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, and Destro
  • Chip Hourihan, American film producer and director
  • Chip Arndt (b. 1966), American gay activist, best known as a winner of The Amazing Race 4
  • Chip Kidd (b. 1964), American author, editor, and graphic designer
  • Chip Jett (b. 1974), American professional poker player
  • Chip Morningstar, American author, developer, programmer and designer of software systems

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