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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. 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 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.

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The surname Tippett was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat in very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tippett research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1616 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Tippett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tippett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tippett:

Tippett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Sara Tippett settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Philip Tippett, who arrived in Maryland in 1681

Tippett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Ann Tippett arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Richard Tippett arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • John Tippett, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • Benjamin Tippett, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Mary Tippett, aged 31, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"


Tippett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • T. H. Tippett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1871
  • H. C. Tippett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1871
  • Richard Tippett, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Henry Tippett, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

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  • Phil Tippett (b. 1951), American animator and visual effects supervisor, known for his work in stop motion and the special effects classic, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
  • Mary Elizabeth Whitney Person "Liz" Tippett (1906-1988), American philanthropist, a champion horsewoman and for more than fifty years, a prominent owner/breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses
  • James Sterling Tippett (1885-1958), American educator and children's writer, probably best known for his poem "Sunning" written in 1947
  • Krista Tippett (b. 1960), American host of Speaking of Faith radio show, awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama
  • Andre Bernard Tippett (b. 1959), American NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (1905-1998), English composer, best known for his A Child of Our Time, the orchestral Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, and the opera The Midsummer Marriage
  • Leonard Henry Caleb "L. H. C." Tippett (1902-1985), English physicist and statistician, he published "Random Sampling Numbers" in 1927 and invented the random number table
  • Keith Tippett (b. 1947), born Keith Graham Tippetts, an English pianist known for work with King Crimson
  • Kurt Tippett (b. 1987), Australian rules footballer who plays for the Sydney Swans
  • Dave Tippett (b. 1961), Canadian NHL ice hockey coach awarded the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 2010


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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.

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The Tippett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tippett 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.

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