Show ContentsPyper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pyper began among the ancestors of the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was 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 Pyper family

The surname Pyper 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 Pyper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyper 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 Pyper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pyper Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Pyper has been written Piper, Pyper and others.

Early Notables of the Pyper family (pre 1700)

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

United States Pyper migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Pyper:

Pyper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pyper, who landed in America in 1764 [5]
  • Thomas Pyper, who arrived in America in 1764 [5]
Pyper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Pyper, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pyper (post 1700) +

  • George Dollinger Pyper (1860-1943), American fifth general superintendent of the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Mrs. B. T. Pyper, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1916 [6]
  • William Pyper (1797-1861), Scottish professor of humanity, born of poor parents in the parish of Rathen, Aberdeenshire
  • Mr. Wilfred Pyper M.B.E. (b. 1949), British former Deputy Headmaster, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Musical Theatre and to Drama in Northern Ireland [7]
  • Laura Pyper, Northern Irish actress, known for portraying Ella Dee in the second season of Hex
  • Gavin Pyper (b. 1979), British motor racing driver from Blairgowrie, Scotland
  • Andrew Pyper (b. 1968), Canadian multi-award winning author from Stratford, Ontario
  • John Pyper -Ferguson (b. 1964), Australian-born Canadian actor
  • Pyper America Smith (b. 1997), known as Pyper America, an American fashion model and musician, a bassist in an alternative rock band called The Atomics

  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from
  7. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook