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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Whipple family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Whipple family originally lived in Devon at the parish of Whimple.


The surname Whipple was first found in East Devon at Whimple, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Winple [1] and gets its name from a stream that originally ran through the area as in the Celtic name meaning "white pool or stream." [2] The Whimple Wassail is an orchard-visiting wassail ceremony which takes place annually every Old Twelfth Night (January 17th.)

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 Whimple, Whirple, Whipple, Wipley, Whippy and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whipple research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1617, 1685, 1662, 1746, 1687, 1750, 1743 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Whipple History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whipple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Whipple:

Whipple Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Whipple (c. 1617-1685) who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Matthew Whipple, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Whipple, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1668
  • Francis Whipple, who settled in Barbados in 1683

Whipple Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Whipple, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Whipple settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W. H. Whipple settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Albert Whipple, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Arnold Whipple, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Whipple Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Wm Whipple, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760


  • Mark Whipple (b. 1957), former American football coach and former player
  • Henry Benjamin Whipple (1822-1901), American clergyman, the first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota
  • Squire Whipple C.E. (1804-1888), American civil engineer who held two patents: Bowstring iron-bridge truss (1841) and the Lift draw bridge
  • Amiel Weeks Whipple (1818-1863), American military engineer, surveyor and brigadier general in the American Civil War, where he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville
  • George Chandler Whipple (1866-1924), American civil engineer and an expert in the field of sanitary microbiology, co-founder of the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Allen Whipple (1881-1963), American surgeon, eponym of the Whipple procedure
  • Commodore Abraham Whipple (1733-1819), American revolutionary naval commander who served in the Continental Navy, eponym of the USS Whipple (DD- 217/AG-117), a Clemson-class destroyer, the USS Whipple (FF-1062), a destroyer escort and the USS Whipple (DD-15), a torpedo boat destroyer
  • Maurine Whipple (1903-1992), American novelist
  • Joseph Whipple III (1725-1761), American deputy governor of Rhode Island, 1751-1753
  • John Adams Whipple (1822-1891), American inventor and early photographer



  • The Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene Community at Quakertown, Connecticut by Robert W. Merriam.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Whipple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whipple 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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