The ancestors of the bearers of the Rypien family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the region of Ripon in Hevingham. Rypien 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 Rypien family
The surname Rypien 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 Rypien family
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Rypien Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rypien include Ripon, Rippon, Rippin and others.
Early Notables of the Rypien family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rypien family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rypien or a variant listed above: Alan, Christopher and Nicholas Rippin settled in Virginia in 1635; Christopher also spelled his name Ripping; Richard Rippon settled in Virginia in 1732.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rypien (post 1700)
- Angela Sue Rypien (b. 1990), American quarterback in the Legends Football League, daughter of Mark Rypien
- Mark Rypien (b. 1962), Canadian-born, former American football quarterback in the National Football League, the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL and win the Super Bowl MVP award
- Richard Joseph 'Rick" Rypien (1984-2011), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 2005 to 2011
The Rypien 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.