Lipscomb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lipscomb belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the region of Luscombe in the counties of Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall. Lipscomb is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Lipscomb family

The surname Lipscomb was 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.

Early History of the Lipscomb family

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Lipscomb Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lipscomb include Luscombe, Luscomb, Lustcomb, Liscomb, Listcomb and others.

Early Notables of the Lipscomb family (pre 1700)

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Lipscomb Ranking

In the United States, the name Lipscomb is the 2,184th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Lipscomb family to Ireland

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United States Lipscomb migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lipscomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Lipscomb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ada M. Lipscomb, aged 19, who landed in America from Sawbridgewirth, Herts, in 1906
  • Edward Lipscomb, aged 31, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Caroline W. Lipscomb, aged 24, who settled in America from Sleyning, England, in 1914
  • Alice M.L. Lipscomb, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from Epson, England, in 1920
  • Edmund Lipscomb, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923

Australia Lipscomb migration to Australia +

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

Lipscomb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Veylus William Lipscomb, English convict who was convicted in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Lipscomb, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lipscomb (post 1700) +

  • Oscar Hugh Lipscomb (1931-2020), American bishop of the Catholic Church
  • William Nunn Lipscomb (b. 1919), American inorganic chemist awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976
  • Mark G. Lipscomb Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 6th District; Elected 1971 [4]
  • M. G. Lipscomb, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, Texas, 1955 [4]
  • James E. Lipscomb, American politician, Mayor of Tampa, Florida, 1873-76 [4]
  • Harold F. Lipscomb, American politician, Mayor of Morgantown, West Virginia, 1983-86 [4]
  • H. P. Lipscomb Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936 [4]
  • Glenard Paul Lipscomb (1915-1970), American Republican politician [4]
  • Caleb Lipscomb, American politician, Merchant; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1918; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Missouri, 1920 [4]
  • Bryant B. Lipscomb, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956, 1972 [4]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Lipscomb Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mors omnibus communis
Motto Translation: Death is common to all men.

Suggested Readings for the name Lipscomb +

  • 300 Years in America by Dorothy Garr Helmer.

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  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook