Rippon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Rippon comes from when the family resided in the region of Ripon in Hevingham. Rippon 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 Rippon family

The surname Rippon 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 Rippon family

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Rippon Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rippon has been recorded under many different variations, including Ripon, Rippon, Rippin and others.

Early Notables of the Rippon family (pre 1700)

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United States Rippon migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rippon or a variant listed above:

Rippon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Rippon, who settled in Virginia in 1640 with her husband
  • Ann Rippon, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [1]
  • Ellis Rippon, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [1]
  • Mathew Rippon, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Rippon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Rippon, who settled in Virginia in 1721
  • Richard Rippon, who settled in Virginia in 1732
Rippon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Rippon, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864 [1]

Australia Rippon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rippon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Rippon 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:

Rippon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emily Rippon, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Rebecca Rippon, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Miss Emily Rippon, (b. 1846), aged 23, English general servant, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [3]
  • Miss Rebecca Rippon, (b. 1847), aged 22, English general servant, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [3]
  • Edward Holman Rippon, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rippon (post 1700) +

  • Adam Rippon (b. 1989), American figure skater, 2008 & 2009 World Junior Champion
  • Thomas Rippon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1978 [4]
  • Donald J. Rippon, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1972 [4]
  • John Rippon (1751-1836), English Baptist divine, son of John Rippon, a Baptist minister first at Tiverton and then at Up-Ottery, Devon
  • Robert Henry Fernando Rippon (1816-1917), English zoologist, entomologist and illustrator
  • Geoffrey Frederick Rippon PC (1924-1997), Baron Rippon of Hexham, English politician, Chairman of the European-Atlantic Group
  • Mr. Gervase Rippon, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1663 to 1664
  • Todd Rippon (b. 1964), New Zealand actor
  • Ted Rippon (b. 1914), Australian footballer
  • Angela Rippon OBE (b. 1944), British journalist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Rippon 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.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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