The ancestors of the name Hipsley date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hipsley family 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 Hipsley family
The surname Hipsley 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 Hipsley family
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Hipsley 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 Hipsley 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 Hipsley include: Hippisley, Hippesley, Hippsley, Hipsey, Hipsley and others.
Early Notables of the Hipsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hipsley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hipsley or a variant listed above:
Hipsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Hipsley, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- William Hipsley, who settled in Barbados in 1654 transferring in 1670 to Virginia
Hipsley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Robert Hipsley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
The Hipsley 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.