Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Lipshit. Hereditary surnames
were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local
surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local
names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Lipshit family originally lived in the province of Westphalia. The name is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is a short form of the personal name
Philipp; for example, Count Philipp von Hessen was popularly known as "Lips." Alternatively, the name is derived from "Lippe," the name of a place in Westphalia; in this instance, the progenitor of the name would likely have been a native of Lippe who had settled in another city.
Early Origins of the Lipshit family
The surname Lipshit was first found in Westphalia
, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. Lippe was one of the smallest states in Germany
until 1945, and is now part of Lower- Saxony
. Lippe is also a river running through Westphalia
and entering the Rhine just north of the Ruhr region. Chronicles speak of Arnold Lipper or von der Lippe in 1222. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Lipshit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lipshit research.Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1129, 1232, 1550, 1806, 1800, 1547 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Lipshit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lipshit Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Lipshit include Lipp, Lippe, Lips, Lipps, Lipsius, Lippl, Lipple, Lippel, Lipgens, Lipgin, Lippman, Lipmann, Lipman, Lippmeier, Lipper and many more.
Early Notables of the Lipshit family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Lipshit were Wilhelm Anton von der Lippe (around 1800), of the House of Wintrup, who was the canon of the Cathedral in Muenster as well as the... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lipshit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lipshit family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were: Georg Lipp and Hans Conrad Lipp, who came to Philadelphia in 1733; Johannes Lipp, who came to Philadelphia in 1766; Jacob Lipp to Philadelphia in 1805.