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Rippy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Rippy family

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.

Early History of the Rippy family

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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.

Early Notables of the Rippy family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Rippy family to the New World and Oceana

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

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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