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The Lepper surname is thought to have evolved independently from two distinct sources. Some instances of the name come from the Middle English "le pere," from the Old English "le-ap," meaning "a basket;" in which case the name was occupational for a basket maker. Other instances of the name come from the Old English "hle-apere," meaning a "dancer," "runner," or "courier," and the name would have been either occupational or nickname.

Lepper Early Origins



The surname Lepper was first found in Warwickshire 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. The first on record of the name appears to be Robert Lepere, who was listed as a Templar in Warwickshire in 1185.

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Lepper Spelling Variations


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Lepper Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lepper family name include Leeper, Leaper, Leper, LePere, Lepere, Lepper, Leiper, Leyper, Peer, Pere, Peir and many more.

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Lepper Early History


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Lepper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lepper research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1295 are included under the topic Early Lepper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lepper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lepper Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lepper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lepper family to immigrate North America:

Lepper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philipp Hermann Lepper, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Philippus Herman Lepper, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Mrs. Philipp Hermann Lepper, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • John Philip Lepper, aged 12, arrived in New York in 1710
  • James Lepper, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lepper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Lepper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Arthur Lepper, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Johannes Lepper, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Gearhard Lepper, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Franz Lepper, who landed in America in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lepper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles19 Lepper a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • John J. Lepper, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Charles W. Lepper, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • William R. Lepper, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Mary Kate Lepper arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lepper (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lepper (post 1700)



  • John A. Lepper, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1988; Elected Massachusetts State House of Representatives Second Bristol District 2002
  • Mark R Lepper (b. 1944), American professor of psychology at Stanford University, who has studied attribution theory and belief perseverance
  • David Lepper (b. 1945), British politician in the United Kingdom

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

The Lepper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lepper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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