Show ContentsRippey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Rippey comes from the family having resided 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. [1]

The Domesday Book of 1086 included entries for: Ripelei (Derbyshire), Riple (Hampshire) and Ripeleia (Yorkshire.) [2]

Interestingly "the chapel, [in Ripley, Surrey] which appears to have been founded about the end of the 12th century, is, in a record of the time of Edward II., called the oratory of Ripelia or Ripellee; and in the 2nd of Edward VI. seems to have been regarded as a chantry chapel." [3]

Early Origins of the Rippey family

The surname Rippey was first found in Yorkshire at Ripley. "This place was anciently the property of the Ripley family, by marriage with whose heiress, about the latter part of the fourteenth century, it was conveyed to Sir Thomas Ingilby, whose descendant, William, was created a Baronet in 1642: the title, becoming extinct, was revived in 1781, and has passed to Sir William Amcots Ingilby, the present owner of the estate. During the parliamentary war, Ripley Castle was visited after the battle of Marston-Moor by Oliver Cromwell, who passed one night here; it was originally built in 1555, and having been much enlarged and improved during the present century, is a handsome castellated mansion, finely situated in a demesne tastefully laid out. " [3]

"The Ripleys were mayors of Ripon in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. The name is now scarce. " [4]

In Scotland the family is generally believed to have descended from the Yorkshire branch. Here we found: "Bernaidus de Rippeley witnessed the gift by Alexander II of ten marks annually to the Abbey of Arbroath in 1247 (RAA., I, p. 202), and in 1249 he witnessed a charter de Werenna de Muskilburg (Musselbergh) to the monks of Dunfermline. He also witnessed confirmation of the gift of the lands of Prendergest to the monks of Coldingham in the reign of Alexander II. Willelmus de Rypeley is mentioned in a charter of 1279 as the progenitor of Sir William de Dolays (Dallas), and as having held the lands of Dolays Mykel under a grant of confirmation of William the Lion." [5]

Early rolls include the following early spellings: Bernard Rippeley in Yorkshire, 1175-1183; Roger Rippeley in Northumberland in 1242; and Richard Rypplay in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls in 1381. [6] The later rolls also include: Matilda de Riplay in 1379. [7]

Early History of the Rippey family

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Rippey Spelling Variations

Rippey 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. Spelling variants included: Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.

Early Notables of the Rippey family

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Ripley (died 1490), and English alchemist, born at Ripley in Yorkshire. However, this branch seems to have become extinct during the fifteenth century. The alchemist Ripley has been confused with George (or Gregory) Ripley (d. 1400?), a Carmelite friar of Boston, and author of lives of St. Botolph and John of...
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Rippey Ranking

In the United States, the name Rippey is the 18,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

United States Rippey migration to the United States +

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 Rippeys to arrive on North American shores:

Rippey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Rippey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [9]

New Zealand Rippey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rippey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Rippey, aged 37, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Janet Rippey, aged 37, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Janet Rippey, aged 17, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Rippey, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • John Rippey, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rippey (post 1700) +

  • John R. Rippey, American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1875 [10]
  • J. D. Rippey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1912 [10]
  • Harlan W. Rippey, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924, 1928, 1932; Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District, 1927 [10]
  • George Rippey Stewart (1895-1980), American toponymist

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  8. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. 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)
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook