The surname of HIPPE was a baptismal name 'the son of Hibbert' from the nickname Hib and Hibkin. The name is also spelt HIPKIN, HIPKINS, HIPP and HYPPE. This was a familiar font name in County Norfolk in the 12th century. Early records of the name mention John HYPECOK, 1243, County Somerset. Lefsuis HIPPECIS, 1275, County Norfolk. Walter HIPKISS of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. A later instances of the name mentions Steve HIPPS and Ann Allin, who were married at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1646. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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