Hippe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Hippe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It 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 Hippe family

The surname Hippe 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]

Early History of the Hippe family

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

Hippe Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hippe has been recorded under many different variations, including Hipkin, Hippkin, Hipken, Hippken, Hipkins, Hipkens, Hippe, Hipp and many more.

Early Notables of the Hippe family (pre 1700)

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


United States Hippe migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hippe or a variant listed above:

Hippe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christn Hippe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
Hippe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinr Hippe, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [3]

Australia Hippe migration to Australia +

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

Hippe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Carl Friedrich August Hippe, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Victoria"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hippe (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth G. Hippe, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


  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. ^ 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)


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