Nipper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Nipper comes from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, where it was used to indicate someone who worked as a person at a royal court who was in charge of the tablecloths and linen, which were collectively called the napery. "In England, in the reign of Henry I, William de Hastings held the manor of Ashele in Norfolk by the service of taking charge of the napery, i.e. tablecloths and linen at the coronation of the English kings. The first record of the name in Scotland is c. 1290 when John Naper obtained from Malcolm, earl of Lennox, a charter of the quarter-land called Kylmethew." 
Early Origins of the Nipper family
The surname Nipper was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. "A Scottish legend, however, assigns a widely different origin. In a great battle between the Scots and some enemy, whose nation is not specified, the former were on the point of losing the day, when one Donald, son of the then Earl of Lennox, seized a standard, and rallied the retreating soldiers. This act of prowess changed the positions of the combatants, and resulted in the complete triumph of the Scots. The king on hearing of Donald's bravery, declared that he had NA PIER "no equal"; commanded him to assume those words as a surname; and gave him lands in Fife, and the lands of Goffurdor Goosford."  This "legend" may not be a legend but in fact based on truth as both aforementioned versions of the family's origin agree that the family descend from the house of Lennox and their forebears used the name Lenox alias Napier. Yet another source claims that "It is said that Donald, a son of the Earl of Lennox, for his bravery in battle, had his name changed by the king to Napier. After the battle, as the manner is, every one advancing and setting forth his own acts, the king said unto them, 'Ye have all done valiantly, but there is one among you who hath 'Na Pier, ' ' and the king gave him lands in Fife and Goffurd. "  Suffice to say, the family's allegiance and fierce battle strength without fear, cannot be in question. Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two entries for the family, both in Oxfordshire: Jordan le Nappere and Thomas le Nappere. 
Early History of the Nipper family
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Nipper Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. In various documents Nipper has been spelled Napier, Naper, Napper, Naiper, Napeer, Neaper and others.
Early Notables of the Nipper family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was George Napper (Napier) (1550-1610), an English Roman Catholic priest, a Catholic martyr, beatified by Pope Pius XI; John Napier (1550-1617), a famed mathematician and inventor of logarithms, this eighth laird of Merchiston was also extremely involved in religious debates (he was a staunch anti-Catholic) and was an inventor of military devices, such as a horse-drawn tank and a type of submarine; Sir Robert Napier, 1st Baronet (1560-1637), of Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire, an English merchant; Sir Robert Napier, 2nd Baronet (c. 1603-1661), of...
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Migration of the Nipper family to Ireland
Some of the Nipper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Nipper migration to the United States +
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Nipper, or a variant listed above:
Nipper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Nipper, who arrived in New York in 1830 
- John Henry Nipper, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1847 
Nipper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Philipp Nipper, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1907
- Nathanael Nipper, aged 51, who immigrated to America, in 1909
- Alex Nipper, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
- John Nipper, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Nipper (post 1700) +
- Darlene Nipper, American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist
- William Estes Nipper (b. 1978), birth name of Will Estes, an American actor, best known for his role as JJ Pryor, on the NBC drama American Dreams and more recently in Blue Bloods as Jameson "Jamie" Reagan, a New York Police Department officer and the younger son of the police commissioner
- Zack Nipper, American artist from Omaha
- Albert Samuel "Al" Nipper (b. 1959), American professional baseball coach and a former Major League pitcher
- Simon G. Nipper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1916 
- Frank W. Nipper, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 1932 
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The Nipper 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: Sans tache
Motto Translation: Without stain
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