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Lipke Coat of Arms / Lipke Family Crest

Lipke Coat of Arms / Lipke Family Crest

The surname LIPKE has various derivations, which include a pet form of Philip and other Germanic personal names, a habitation name from the duchy of Lippe and a topographic name for someone living on the banks of the river Lippe in Westphalia, which is of uncertain etymology. It is extremely ancient, being recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus in the form Lupia. Variant spellings include LIPPE, LIPA, LIPSIUS, LIPS, LIPEN, LIPGEN, LIPKA and LIEPE. A notable member of this name was JUSTUS LIPSIUS (1547-1606) a Flemish humanist, born in Issche, near Brussels. Professor of classics at Jena, Leiden and Louvain he was successively Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist and once more Catholic, reflecting the turbulent religious climate of the times. He latinized his name from JOSET LIPS, a common practice amongst scholars with an international reputation. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. 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. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from which line each is descended.

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