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Early Origins of the Tipton family

The surname Tipton was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the 11th century when they held estates in that shire. They were descended from a Norman noble Tibetot (Thibaudeau) from Poitou who followed into England after the Norman Conquest, probably invited by King Henry I. [1]

Robert de Tiptoft "sometimes styled Baron Tibetot or Tiptoft (d. 1298), succeeded to the lands of his father Henry in 34 Henry III (1249-50). In 50 Henry III (1265-6) he was made governor of Porchester Castle. He accompanied Edward I to the Holy Land, and in the third year of his reign was made governor of Nottingham Castle, and in the ninth (1280-1281) justice of South Wales and governor of Cardigan,_Ceredigion' target='_blank'>Cardigan and Carmarthen castles. He held the justiceship until his death, his tenure being thrice renewed." [2]

The stature of this noble cannot be questioned, his descendent being Baron Pain de Tibetot, (1308) later, Lord John de Tiptoft or Tibetot (1375-1443) being elevated to the Earldom of Worcester in 1461. He may have been related to Walter of Worcester who signed the Magna Carta in 1214 and was the son and heir of "Sir Pain de Tibetot by his wife Agnes, sister of Sir John Wroth of Enfield, Middlesex. Sir Pain, who acquired wide estates in Cambridgeshire, was the youngest son of John, second Baron Tibetot or Tiptoft (d. 1367.)" [2]

John Tiptoft or Tebetot Earl of Worcester (1427?-1470), was son of John, Baron Tiptoft. He was born at Everton in Bedfordshire in or about 1427, for he is said to have been sixteen at his father's death in 1443. On 27 Jan. 1443 he succeeded to his father's honours and large estates, being styled Lord Tiptoft and Powys, and on 1 July 1449 he was created Earl of Worcester by patent. He was appointed a commissioner for oyer and terminer for Surrey and other counties in 1451. [2]

Early History of the Tipton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tipton research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1327, 1510, 1600, 1241, 1372, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Tipton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tipton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thibaudeau, Tibaudeau, Tibetot, Tiptoft, Tiptaft, Tiptod, Tipton and many more.

Early Notables of the Tipton family (pre 1700)

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Tipton Ranking

In the United States, the name Tipton is the 1,267th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [3]

United States Tipton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tipton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Tipton, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [4]
Tipton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tipton, aged 10, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1892
  • Mrs. Tipton, aged 46, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1892
  • Chas. Tipton, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1893
  • George Tipton, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Leamington, in 1898
Tipton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Tipton, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • William S. Tipton, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Sarah Annie Tipton, aged 50, who immigrated to America from St. Leonards, England, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Tipton, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from St. Leonards on sea, England, in 1908
  • Edna Tipton, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Tipton migration to Australia +

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

Tipton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Tipton who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales [5]
  • Charles D. Tipton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tipton (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Foster Tipton (1833-1904), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Illinois, 1870-77, 1891-97; U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1877-79
  • Zurlon Tipton (1990-2016), American football running back
  • Scott R. Tipton (b. 1956), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado (2011-)
  • John Tipton (1730-1813), American frontiersman and statesman, best remembered for leading the opposition to the State of Franklin movement in the 1780s
  • Joe Hicks Tipton (1922-1994), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1948 to 1954
  • John Shields Tipton (1786-1839), American politician, United States Senator (1832-1839)
  • Jacob Tipton (d. 1791), American settler killed by Native Americans over a conflict in the Northwest Territory, Tennessee, eponym of Tipton County and the Tipton Phase, Tennessee
  • William H. Tipton (1850-1929), noted American photographer, best known for his extensive early photography of the Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Billy Tipton (1914-1989), American jazz musician
  • Kay Tipton, American award winning mathematics teacher
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Tipton +

  • We Tiptons and Our Kin by Ervin Charles Tipton.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASIATIC 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook