Hippensteel Coat of Arms / Hippensteel Family Crest
The surname of HIPPENSTEEL was a locational name 'of Heptonstall' a township in the old parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could aquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. The name was derived from the Old English word 'hebdenstall' and literally meant the dweller at the cattle-station belonging to Hebden. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Early records of the name mention Heptonstall (without surname) who was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1274. Edward Hippentstall was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1300, and Robertus de Hepdeynstall of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Willelmus de Hippensteil, was documented in 1379 ibid.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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