Ipeslay is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ipeslay family once 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 Ipeslay family
The surname Ipeslay 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 Ipeslay family
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Ipeslay 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 Ipeslay family name include Hippisley, Hippesley, Hippsley, Hipsey, Hipsley and others.
Early Notables of the Ipeslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ipeslay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ipeslay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Joseph Hippisley who settled in Maryland in 1774; William Hipsley settled in Barbados in 1654; transferring in 1670 to Virginia; Joe Hippsley settled in St. Christopher in 1635..
The Ipeslay 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.