Keppen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Keppen has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a rotund or heavy person. The surname Keppen was originally derived from the Old English nickname Cypping, which is in turn derived from the Germanic root kupp, which means to swell or to be swollen. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Keppen family

The surname Keppen was first found in Norfolk 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 Keppen family

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Keppen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keppen have been found, including Keeping, Keppyng, Kepping, Kipping, Kippen and many more.

Early Notables of the Keppen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Keppen family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Keppen, or a variant listed above: Philip Keeping, who came to America in 1685; William Keeping, who came to Maryland in 1674; Mary Kipping, a bonded passenger who settled in New England in 1746.



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