Nippey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Nippey is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Nippey is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Nippey family
The surname Nippey was first found in North Lancashire, in the Cartmel parish where much of the surname died out very early and moved to surrounding districts. 
Early History of the Nippey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nippey research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1601, 1661, 1698, 1681, 1664, 1638 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Nippey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nippey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Nippey are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Nippey include: Knipe, Knype, Knypp and others.
Early Notables of the Nippey family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Elizabeth Knepp or Knipp (died 1681), a British actress, singer, and dancer; she became the first woman to perform the title role in Jonson's Epicoene in 1664 and mentioned numerous...
Migration of the Nippey family to Ireland
Some of the Nippey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nippey family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Nippey or a variant listed above: Samuel Knipe, who sailed to St. Christopher in 1635; Samuel Knipe to America in 1699; Christian Knipe to Philadelphia in 1749; Oscar Knipe to Pennsylvania in 1851 and G.J. Knipe to San Francisco in 1860..