The surname of CRIPS was derived from the Old English CRYPS - a nickname for one with curly hair. Early records of the name mention Benedictus Crispus of the County of Surrey in 1030. Walter Crips of the County of Huntingdonshire was recorded in 1273. Adam le Crispe of the County of Somerset was documented in the year 1300. Joseph Lakin and Mary Cripps were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1744.
A notable bearer of the name was Sir Richard Stafford Cripps (1889-1952) was the English Labour Statesman, economist, chemist and patent-lawyer, born in London. At 22 he was part-author of a paper read before the Royal Society. He also pursued legal studies and was called to the Bar in 1913. He became the youngest barrister in the country in 1926. He was elected rector of Aberdeen University from 1942-45. At first the coat of arms was 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 the armour. The name is also spelt Cripp and Cryps. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.
In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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