Ingpen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ingpen is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ingpen family once lived in the region of Inkpen near Hungerford in Berkshire. Ingpen is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Ingpen family

The surname Ingpen was first found in West Berkshire at Inkpen, a village and civil parish that dates back to Saxon times when the village was named Ingepenne c. 935. [1] By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village's name was Hingepene [2] and was literally derived from the Old English words "ing" (meaning hill or peak) and the Celtic or Old English word "penn" (meaning hill or enclosure.) [1]

The manor of Pillaton in Cornwall which in Doomsday Survey is called Pileton, belonged to the Earl of Moreton at that time. This manor, about the reign of Edward I. was in the family of Inkpen. "It was afterwards the property of John Charles, Esq. of whose heiress this manor and that of Hardenfast were purchased by Thomas Moone, Esq. about 1620." [3]

Early History of the Ingpen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ingpen research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1217 and 1301 are included under the topic Early Ingpen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ingpen Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ingpen family name include Inkpen, Inkpin, Ingpen and others.

Early Notables of the Ingpen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ingpen family to Ireland

Some of the Ingpen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ingpen family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ingpen surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Inkpen, who settled in New England in 1756.


Contemporary Notables of the name Ingpen (post 1700) +

  • Abel Ingpen (1796-1854), English entomologist, Member of the Entomological Society of London
  • Joan Mary Eileen Ingpen (1916-2007), English classical music and opera talent manager and agent, credited for launching the career of Luciano Pavarotti, founder of Ingpen & Williams International Artists' Management in 1946, named for herself and her dachshund dog named Williams
  • Robert Roger Ingpen AM (b. 1936), Australian graphic designer, illustrator, and author

HMS Royal Oak
  • James P. Ingpen, British Lieutenant Commander (Rtd) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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