Chipper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Chipper family have grown. The name Chipper was given to a member of the family who was a carpenter, from the wood chips that festooned a carpenter's hair and body. [1]

Early Origins of the Chipper family

The surname Chipper was first found in Worcestershire, where Isabella Chippes was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1275. In Somerset John Chip was found there in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. [2] Alan de Chepe was found in Devon in 1311 and later William Chepe was listed at Sheffield in 1369. [1]

Early History of the Chipper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chipper research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1327, 1531, 1606, 1620, 1767, 1823, 1844, 1856, 1862 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Chipper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chipper Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chipper family name include Chipp, Chip, Chyppe, Chypp, Chips, Chipps, Chippes, Chippe, Chipet, Chipman, Chippman and many more.

Early Notables of the Chipper family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Thomas Chipp, eldest son of the late T. P. Chipp (well known as the player of the 'Tower drums'), born Christmas Day, 1823, educated in her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's. Studied the violin under Nadaud and Tolbecque, and entered the Queen's private band in 1844. Became known as an organist of some repute, and in 47 succeeded Dr. Gauntlett at St. Olave's, a position...
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United States Chipper migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chipper surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Chipper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Chipper, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1654 and 1663
Chipper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Chipper, who arrived in America in 1775

Australia Chipper migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chipper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Chipper who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/circassian)


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