Lipsius History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Lipsius is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The 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 Lipsius family
The surname Lipsius 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.
Important Dates for the Lipsius family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lipsius 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 Lipsius History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lipsius Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Lipsius include Lipp, Lippe, Lips, Lipps, Lipsius, Lippl, Lipple, Lippel, Lipgens, Lipgin, Lippman, Lipmann, Lipman, Lippmeier, Lipper and many more.
Early Notables of the Lipsius family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Lipsius 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...
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Lipsius migration to the United States
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Typical Lipsius Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Lipsius Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cath. Lipsius, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Havel" from Bremen, Germany 
Lipsius Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hanns Lipsius, aged 37, originally from Kiel, Germany, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Stuttgart" from Bremen, Germany 
Contemporary Notables of the name Lipsius (post 1700)
- Fred Lipsius (b. 1943), American musician
- Richard Adelbert Lipsius (1830-1892), German theologian
- Justus Hermann Lipsius (1834-1920), German classical scholar
- Ida Marie Lipsius (1837-1927), German writer and music historian
- Constantin Lipsius (1832-1894), German architect
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- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YW-YMV : 6 December 2014), Cath. Lipsius, 20 Sep 1893; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Havel, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN88-X2S : 6 December 2014), Hanns Lipsius, 26 Feb 1924; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Stuttgart, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).