Show ContentsChipps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chipps comes from a name for a carpenter, from the wood chips that festooned a carpenter's hair and body. 1

Early Origins of the Chipps family

The surname Chipps 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 Chipps family

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Chipps 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 Chipps include Chipp, Chip, Chyppe, Chypp, Chips, Chipps, Chippes, Chippe, Chipet, Chipman, Chippman and many more.

Early Notables of the Chipps family

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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Chipps Ranking

In the United States, the name Chipps is the 13,092nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3

United States Chipps migration to the United States +

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 Chipps or a variant listed above:

Chipps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Edmond Chipps, aged  19, from England who arrived in Virginia aboard the ship "America" arriving in June 1635 4

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook