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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Ripley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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.

Ripley Early Origins



The surname Ripley 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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Ripley Spelling Variations


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Ripley Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ripley has been spelled many different ways, including Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.

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Ripley Early History


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Ripley Early History



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

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Ripley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ripley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ripleys to arrive in North America:

Ripley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Ripley settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1630
  • William, Mary, Sarah and John Ripley who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638
  • William Ripley, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Abraham Ripley, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1655

Ripley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Professor Ripley was one of the founders and a prominent member of the Dartmouth College of New England in the 1770's
  • William Ripley settled in Carolina in 1774

Ripley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas B Ripley, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1813
  • James W Ripley, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • John Ripley, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • James and William Ripley arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • Sylvester Ripley, aged 42, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1868

Ripley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elias Ripley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Jane Ripley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mary Ripley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Tobel Ripley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Ripley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. F. Ripley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • William Ripley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Ann Ripley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Mary H. Ripley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Lydia Ripley, aged 33, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ripley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ripley (post 1700)



  • Edward Payson Ripley (1845-1920), American railroad executive, fourteenth president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
  • James Wolfe Ripley (1794-1870), American Brigadier General in the Union Army during the Civil War
  • Arthur Ripley (1897-1961), American screenwriter
  • Allen Ripley (b. 1952), American baseball player
  • Alice Ripley (b. 1963), American actress
  • Alexandra Ripley (1934-2004), American writer
  • Charles Ripley (b. 1838), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Poultney, 1880, 1882; Member of Vermont State Senate from Rutland County, 1888
  • Charles C. Ripley, American politician, American Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1970; American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • David Ripley (1798-1881), American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1838; Member of Colorado State Legislature
  • David Ripley, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1854
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ripley Historic Events


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Ripley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. C Ripley, British Sub Lieutenant Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Ripley


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Suggested Readings for the name Ripley



  • With Pen of Sword: Lives and Times of the Remarkable Rutland Ripleys by Robert G. Steele.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Ripley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ripley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 December 2016 at 07:49.

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