Kippen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kippen family

The surname Kippen was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1086 when Alwinus de Cheping held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Kippen family

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Kippen 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 Kippen family name include Kipping, Kippen, Kippen, Chepping, Chepyn, Kippyn, Cheppyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Kippen family (pre 1700)

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United States Kippen migration to the United States +

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 Kippen surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kippen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Kippen, who arrived in America in 1804 [1]
  • Frederick Kippen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Canada Kippen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kippen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Duncan Kippen, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • John Kippen, who landed in Canada in 1817

Contemporary Notables of the name Kippen (post 1700) +

  • Manart Kippen (1892-1947), American actor, known for his roles in Flame of Barbary Coast (1945), Three Russian Girls (1943) and The Corsican Brothers (1941)
  • Matt Kippen, American actor, known for his work on The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), The Lookout (2007) and House Party (2006)
  • James Kippen, American musician, known for his work with Paul McCartney on the son "Pipes of Peace"
  • Hamish Kippen (1987-2008), Northern Irish-born, Canadian fashion photographer and former national and international junior athlete

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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