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The present generation of the Rippy family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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.

Rippy Early Origins



The surname Rippy 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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Rippy Spelling Variations


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Rippy Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rippy include Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.

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Rippy Early History


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Rippy Early History



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

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Rippy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rippy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rippy 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 boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rippy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Rippy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rippy, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Rippy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Boyd C. Rippy, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Charles Rippy, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • James Rippy, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rippy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rippy (post 1700)



  • Matt Rippy, American actor, from Houston, Texas, best known for his role as Jack Harkness in Torchwood (2006)
  • Stephen Rippy (b. 1975), American composer, best known for his sound design and scores on the Age of Empires series, Age of Mythology, and the Xbox 360 strategy game Halo Wars
  • Rebecca Rippy (b. 1977), American singer/songwriter
  • Rodney Allen Rippy (b. 1968), American former child actor
  • Leon Rippy (b. 1949), American actor from Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Rippy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rippy 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 27 February 2016 at 09:42.

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