Piper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Piper family. It is a name for a person who played the bagpipes. "Anciently the name of Pyper was very frequent in Perth, and very Considerable Persons are called by that name in the Charters of the Religious Houses. About the time of the Reformation, the principal Families of that name changed it for Balneaves." [1]

Early Origins of the Piper family

The surname Piper was first found in at Innerbundy in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland.

However, the family is not exclusively Scottish. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Pipere, Oxfordshire; and Adam le Piper, Cambridgeshire.

Peter le Pipre, was listed in the Close Roll, 4 Edward I (during the fourth year of King Edward I's reign.)

"Whether this was the Peter Piper who originated the alliterative nursery rhyme, 'Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppercorns,' I cannot say." [2]

In Somerset, John le Pipere, and were both listed there 1 Edward III. [3]

Much farther to the south in the manor of Liskeard Coleshill was "vested in the Pypers, from whom it passed in marriage with a female heir to the Vyvyans." [4]

Early History of the Piper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piper research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1457, 1546, 1546, 1547, 1562, 1565, 1609, 1567, 1596, 1609, 1610, 1672 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Piper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Piper Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Piper has been written Piper, Pyper and others.

Early Notables of the Piper family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Piper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Piper migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Piper:

Piper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Piper, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • James Vocat Piper, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • John Piper, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Ann Piper, who landed in Maryland in 1655 [5]
  • Nathaniel Piper, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1666 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Piper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Natt Piper, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Mary Piper, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [5]
  • Joseph Piper, aged 26, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [5]
  • Bernard Piper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [5]
  • John Michael Piper, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1764 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Piper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Piper, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [5]
  • Stepn Piper, who arrived in America in 1830 [5]
  • Trina Piper, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [5]
  • Count August Piper who arrived in New York in 1837
  • George Piper, aged 33, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Piper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ida Auguste Wilhelmine Piper, who landed in Chile in 1912 [5]

Canada Piper migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Piper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Piper U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [6]
Piper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hiram Piper, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Mr. Henry Piper, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 18th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board [7]
  • Jennings Piper, aged 33, who landed in Montreal in 1848
  • Maria Piper, aged 30, who arrived in Montreal in 1848
  • Harriet Piper, aged 7, who arrived in Montreal in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Piper migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Piper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Piper, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Edward Piper, (b. 1817), aged 21, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 16th October 1838, sentenced for 15 years for stealing cattle, transported aboard the ship "Layton" on 9th July 1839 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [9]
  • Mr. James Piper, (b. 1819), aged 22, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 30th July 1841 [10]
  • Miss Elizabeth Piper, (b. 1815), aged 26, Cornish house maid departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia on 30th July 1841 [10]
  • Mr. James Piper, (b. 1819), aged 22, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 30th July 1841 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Piper migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Piper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Piper, (b. 1814), aged 27, British bricklayer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Piper, (b. 1817), aged 24, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [12]
  • Mr. Piper, (b. 1840), aged 8 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [12]
  • Mr. Piper, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [13]
  • William Piper, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Piper (post 1700) +

  • Charles Vancouver Piper (1867-1926), Canadian-born, American botanist and agriculturalist, founding member of the American Society of Agronomy in 1907
  • Martha C. Piper OC OBC, American President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
  • William Thomas Piper (1881-1970), American airplane manufacturer, and founder of Piper Aircraft, posthumously inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1980
  • Henry Beam Piper (1904-1964), American science fiction author
  • Adrian Margaret Smith Piper (b. 1948), award-winning American conceptual artist and philosopher
  • Ed S. Piper, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Oregon, 1928 [14]
  • Daniel Piper, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [14]
  • Dale H. Piper, American politician, Burgess of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, 1960 [14]
  • Benjamin Piper, American politician, Village President of Naperville, Illinois, 1925 [14]
  • August J. Piper, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 22nd District, 1936 [14]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Werner Piper (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Fred H Piper (b. 1915), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Whorlton, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John T. Piper, English Chief Officer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [17]


Suggested Readings for the name Piper +

  • 1463 Scruggs Piper Connections by Jane Melonie Scruggs Piper.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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