The surname of KEPLEY was an English habitation name from Kiplin in north Yorkshire, so called from the Old English CYPPELINGAS. There is also a place named Kipling Cotes in east Yorkshire, and the name originally meant the dweller at the cottages. The earliest of the name on record appears to be CHIPELING (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and KEPLING (without surname) was recorded in 1205 in Yorkshire. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Samuel Platt and Elizabeth Kippling were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1756. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. A notable member of the name was Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) the English writer, born in Bombay. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1907. He was from a Yorkshire family who were mainly small farmers and craftsmen. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. At first the coat of arms were a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over his armour.
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