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The ancestors of the name Ripleigh date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Ripley found in various locations in England including Yorkshire. The surname was originally derived from the Old English words ripel meaning strip of land and leah meaning wood. Thus the original bearers of the surname lived in the area that was defined by a strip of land by the forest.

Ripleigh Early Origins



The surname Ripleigh 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.

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Ripleigh Early History


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Ripleigh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ripleigh research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1682 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Ripleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ripleigh Spelling Variations


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Ripleigh Spelling Variations



Ripleigh has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ripleigh have been found, including Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.

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Ripleigh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ripleigh Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ripleighs to arrive on North American shores: 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.

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