Tippet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The notable Tippet family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the Germanic personal name Theobold, meaning bold people. [1]

Early Origins of the Tippet family

The surname Tippet was first found in Cornwall in the parish of St. Wen. "Killignock was the seat of an ancient family of this name, by whose heiress it was carried in the reign of Henry VIII. to Nanskevil alias Typpet, with whom it remained until the reign of Charles II, when it was sold by Matthew Typpet to Mr. Joseph Hawkey." [2]

Early History of the Tippet family

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Tippet Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tippett, Tippet, Tippetts and others.

Early Notables of the Tippet family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Tipper (1616-1713), an English mathematician and almanac-maker, now known as the founder of The Ladies' Diary. [3] Sir John Tippets was Master-Shipwright in Portsmouth, England (1660-1668), and later became...
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United States Tippet migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Tippet:

Tippet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Tippet who settled in Jamaica in 1654
Tippet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Tippet, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [4]
  • Reginald Tippet, aged 60, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [4]
  • Charles Tippet, aged 10, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [4]

Canada Tippet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tippet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Tippet, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1809 [5]
  • Catherine Tippet, aged 15, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Australia Tippet migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tippet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Tippet, (b. 1828), aged 26, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [6]
  • Mrs. Anne Tippet, (b. 1829), aged 25, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [6]
  • Richard Tippet (aged 21) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [7]
  • Edward Tippet, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [8]
  • Mr. William T. Tippet, (b. 1831), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Hornet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 3rd March 1859 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tippet migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tippet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Grace Tippet, (b. 1843), aged 34, Cornish housekeeper departing on 5th November 1877 aboard the ship "Carnatic" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1878 [10]
  • Mr. John Tippet, (b. 1829), aged 48, Cornish bricklayer departing on 5th November 1877 aboard the ship "Carnatic" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st February 1878 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tippet (post 1700) +

  • Clark Tippet (1954-1992), American ballet dancer and choreographer, member of the American Ballet Theatre company
  • Anthony Sanders Tippet KCB (1928-2006), British Royal Navy officer, Chief of Fleet Support (1983-1986)
  • William Henry Tippet (1782-1824), Indian Judge and Magistrate of Patna, India, from 1816 to 1824
  • Herbert Charles Coningsby Tippet (1892-1947), British amateur golfer, golf club administrator, and golf course architect, one of the most successful British amateur golfers of the 1920s and 1930s


The Tippet 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: Non robore sed spe
Motto Translation: Not with strength but with hope.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1856.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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