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Whipp Coat of Arms / Whipp Family Crest

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This surname of WHIPP was of two-fold origin. It was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Whip', an ancient although now forgotten personal name. It was also an occupational name for someone who carried out judicial floggings, derived from the Old English word WHIP, indicating quick movement. Early records of the name mention Nicholas WIPE, who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Norfolk and Johannes WIPPE of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. Later instances of the name include Richard Whipp of Castleton, Rochdale who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1678 and Richard WHIPP (goldsmith) married Elizabeth Morse in Canterbury, Kent in 1687. The name is also spelt WHIPPE and WHIP. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in countries in Western Europe. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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