Hipkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the name Hipkins are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the son of Herbert. [1] In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Hipkins family

The surname Hipkins was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk, where the name was derived from "Hib and diminutive Hib-kin, sharpened to Hip and Hipkin." [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 provide some of the earliest entries of early forms of the name: Hyppe (without surname), Norfolk; John Hyppe, Norfolk; and Lucia Hippo, Suffolk. [1] Another source notes Lefsius Hippe as being listed in the same rolls in Suffolk and John Hipecok in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. [2]

Important Dates for the Hipkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hipkins research. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Hipkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hipkins Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hipkins has been spelled many different ways, including Hipkin, Hippkin, Hipken, Hippken, Hipkins, Hipkens, Hippe, Hipp and many more.

Early Notables of the Hipkins family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hipkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hipkins migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hipkinss to arrive in North America:

Hipkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Hipkins, who sailed to Barbados in 1679
Hipkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Hipkins to Baltimore, Maryland in 1822

Contemporary Notables of the name Hipkins (post 1700)

  • Alfred James Hipkins FSA (1826-1903), English musician, musicologist and musical antiquary
  • Gavin John Hipkins (b. 1968), New Zealand photographer and film-maker, Associate Professor at Elam School of Fine Arts, at the University of Auckland
  • Edith Hipkins (1854-1945), British portrait painter
  • Christopher John "Chris" Hipkins (b. 1978), New Zealand politician, member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for Rimutaka (2008-)

Historic Events for the Hipkins family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Edward Hipkins (d. 1912), aged 55, English First Class passenger from Birmingham, West Midlands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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