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

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.


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.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where this Clan, which was one of the oldest Clans in Scotland, descended from the Earl of Lennox who turned the tide of battle in 1057 and King Malcolm Canmore bestowed on him the name "Na Peer" within his realm and commanded him to adopt that name henceforth. John Naper was granted the lands of Kylmethew by King Malcolm and the lands of Goffard in Fife.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nipper research. Another 489 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1294, 1308, 1401, 1437, 1440, 1451, 1550, 1617, 1st , 1560, 1637, 1603, 1661, 1625, 1660, 1st , 1606, 1673, 1683, 1st , 1642, 1700, 1690, 1698 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Nipper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 311 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nipper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Nipper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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, 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 emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Alex Nipper, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • John Nipper, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1924


  • Albert Samuel "Al" Nipper (b. 1959), American professional baseball coach and a former Major League pitcher
  • Zack Nipper, American artist from Omaha
  • 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
  • Darlene Nipper, American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist


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

This page was last modified on 26 January 2015 at 08:24.

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