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Ripon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Ripon dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Ripon in Hevingham. Ripon is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Ripon family

The surname Ripon was first found in the cathedral city of Ripon in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Today this market town located on the River Ure boasts as one of the oldest places where a monastery has stood since the 7th century. One of the first on record was Roger de Ripun who was listed of burgess of Aberdeen in 1271. Ten years later in 1281, records show Henry de Ripon was listed as a witness to a charter in Dundee. A few years later, Walter de Rypon or Rypun was burgess of Edinburgh in 1296.

Early History of the Ripon family

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Ripon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ripon have been found, including Ripon, Rippon, Rippin and others.

Early Notables of the Ripon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ripon family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ripon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Ann Ripon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Hannah P. Ripon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Ripon (post 1700)

  • George Frederick Samuel Robinson Ripon (1827-1909), English statesman
  • Frederick John Robinson Ripon (1782-1859), English statesman

The Ripon Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.

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