Kipling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kipling family

The surname Kipling was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Kiplin, held by Enisan, a Norman noble, from Count Alan, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Kipling family

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Kipling Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Kiplin, Kipling, Kippling, Kipplin, Kipleing, Kypling and many more.

Early Notables of the Kipling family (pre 1700)

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Australia Kipling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kipling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Kipling who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Kipling1836, English labourer who was convicted in Bradford, Yorkshire, England for 6 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Clara" on 28th January 1864, arriving in Western Australia, Australia, he died in 1898 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kipling (post 1700) +

  • Richard Kipling (1879-1965), American actor who was active from the '30s to the '50s
  • Thomas Kipling (d. 1822), English divine, Dean of Peterborough, born in Bowes, Yorkshire
  • Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author and poet, and Nobel Prize winner, best known for his "The Jungle Book" (1894) and other books in his series of children's books

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. G Kipling, British Pay Sub Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clara
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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