Kippax History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Kippax comes from the family having resided in the village of Kippax, located in the county of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Kippax family
The surname Kippax was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kippax, a large and important Norman village. 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,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Kippax, at the taking of the Domesday Book was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman Baron, who was at the Battle of Hastings. and who was granted 150 lordships in Yorkshire in addition to the whole district known then as Blackburnshire in now Lancashire. His holdings included Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire. Conjecturally, the Kippax family surname descends from a relation of this Baron who held Kippax at that time.
Early History of the Kippax family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kippax research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1404, 1352, 1356, 1364, 1367, 1370, 1372, 1375, 1382, 1373, 1653 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Kippax History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kippax Spelling Variations
Kippax has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kippax, Keepax, Kipax, Kepax, Kipas, Kypas, Kyppax, Kypax, Kipacks, Kepax, Kippacks, Cuppage, Cupage, Kippage, Kippash, Cuppash, Coppash, Cupacks and many more.
Early Notables of the Kippax family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Keppock (died 1404), Irish judge who held the offices of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, in England in 1352, acted as counsel for the powerful Anglo-Irish Cusack family, became King's Serjeant (1356), became Lord Chief Baron (1364) and Lord Chief Justice (13670, In 1370 he stood down as Lord Chief Justice but remained...
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Kippax migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kippaxs to arrive on North American shores:
Kippax Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Peter Kippax, who settled in Virginia in 1699
- Peter Kippax, who landed in Virginia in 1699 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kippax (post 1700) +
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ 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)