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Where did the English Lippincott family come from? What is the English Lippincott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lippincott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lippincott family history?

The name Lippincott has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Lippincotts in Culmstock in the county of Devon. The surname Lippincott belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


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 Lippincott have been found, including Lippincott, Lippincot, Lippingcott, Luffincott and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lippincott research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1829, 1792, 1615 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Lippincott History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lippincott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Lippincott, or a variant listed above:

Lippincott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Lippincott, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639

Lippincott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Lippincott, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1892

Lippincott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anne Lippincott, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Constance Lippincott, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Chas. L. Lippincott, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Charles Lippincott, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Alice Lippincott, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912


  • Joseph Wharton Lippincott Jr. (1914-2003), American Chairman and President of Philadelphia publisher J. B. Lippincott Company
  • Sara Jane Lippincott (1823-1904), born Sara Jane Clarke, an American author, poet, and lecturer who used the pseudonym Grace Greenwood
  • Joshua Allan Lippincott (b. 1835), American academic, 4th Chancellor of the University of Kansas from 1883 to 1889
  • Joseph Wharton Lippincott (1887-1976), American publisher, author, naturalist, and sportsman, grandson of J.B. Lippincott
  • Donald Fithian "Don" Lippincott (1893-1963), American silver and bronze medalist runner at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • David McCord Lippincott (1924-1984), American composer and lyricist
  • Sarah Lee Lippincott (b. 1920), American astronomer, Professor Emerita of Astronomy at Swarthmore College and Director Emerita of the college's Sproul Observatory
  • Captain Richard Lippincott U.E. (1745-1826), American-born Loyalist who served in the British army during the American War of Independence
  • Joshua Ballinger "J.B." Lippincott (1813-1886), American founder of J. B. Lippincott & Co., an American publishing house founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Tom Lippincott (b. 1966), American guitarist


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The Lippincott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lippincott 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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