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Gipp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Gipp family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Gipp is derived from Gibb, which is a pet form of the personal name Gilbert. This name is derived from the Old English forenames Gislberht and Gislbeorht, which mean bright hostage.

Early Origins of the Gipp family


The surname Gipp was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Gipp family


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Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1585, 1622, 1689, 1654, 1656 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gipp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gipp Spelling Variations


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. Gipp has been spelled Gibb, Gibbe, Gibbs, Gibbes and others.

Early Notables of the Gipp family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gipp family to Ireland


Some of the Gipp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gipp family to the New World and Oceana


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 Gipp: Andrew Gibb, who joined the "Gardiners," who bought Long Island from the native North Americans. in 1655; James Gibb, who came to Maryland in 1674.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gipp (post 1700)


  • George "the Gipper" Gipp (1895-1921), American famous college football player

The Gipp Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.


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