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Hippesley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hippesley surname lived in Ipsley, in Warwickshire. The place-name Ipsley is composed of two Old English elements. The first is the word yppe, which meant "upland, high place." The second is leah, which meant "forest clearing." The place-name as a whole means "forest clearing on an upland; clearing in a high place."

Early Origins of the Hippesley family

The surname Hippesley was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hippesley family

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Hippesley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hippesley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hippesley include: Hippisley, Hippesley, Hippsley, Hipsey, Hipsley and others.

Early Notables of the Hippesley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hippesley family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hippesley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Frederick Hippesley, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842

The Hippesley 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: Non mihi
Motto Translation: Not for myself.

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