name Riplay comes from when the family resided in the village of Ripley found in various locations in England
. The surname was originally derived from the Old English words ripel
meaning strip of land
Thus the original bearers of the surname lived in the area that was defined by a strip of land by the forest.
Early Origins of the Riplay family
The surname Riplay was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Riplay family
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Riplay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Riplay include Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.
Early Notables of the Riplay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riplay family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William, Mary, Sarah and John Ripley who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638; William Ripley settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1630; William Ripley settled in Carolina in 1774.