Rypon is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Ripon in Hevingham. Rypon 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 Rypon family
The surname Rypon 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 Rypon family
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Rypon Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rypon family name include Ripon, Rippon, Rippin and others.
Early Notables of the Rypon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rypon family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rypon surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Alan, Christopher and Nicholas Rippin settled in Virginia in 1635; Christopher also spelled his name Ripping; Richard Rippon settled in Virginia in 1732.
The Rypon 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.