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Where did the German Sipe family come from? What is the German Sipe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sipe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sipe family history?

The roots of the German surname Sipe can be traced to the Old Germanic word "Siebmacher," meaning "sieve maker." The surname is occupational in origin, and was most likely originally borne by someone who held this position.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sieber, Sieb, Seeb, Seeber, Seaver, Sieberer, Siebmacher, Siebers, Siebe, Siebmann, Siep, Sieper, Sieppert, Siebert, Siepmann, Siber and many more.

First found in the territory of Meissen in eastern Saxony, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern European. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the widespread tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an unstable territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sipe research. Another 250 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1816, 1818, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Sipe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sipe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sipe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Sipe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840

Sipe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Aaron Sipe, aged 32, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Enid Sipe, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1905
  • L. R. Sipe, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Mary Sipe, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Ida Sipe, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1906


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  • Brian Winfield Sipe (b. 1949), former professional American NFL football quarterback
  • Jeff Sipe (b. 1959), German-born, American drummer
  • A. W. Richard Sipe (b. 1932), American former Benedictine monk-priest
  • William Allen Sipe (1844-1935), American politician, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania


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  • Paul Sipe, Palatine Immigrant, 1752 by Mildred Sipe Dickey.
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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Sipe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sipe 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 4 December 2012 at 16:48.

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