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History of the name
Predominately there are more recorded instances of people bearing the 'CLIPSTON, CLIPSON & CLIPSTONE' surname in the county of Northamptonshire, however my research is showing that quite a number of these families are related and it seems that the variations in the spelling of the name is connected with the dialect used at the time.
In fact my own grandfather has been shown as Ernest Clipson on quite a few documents and letters when his correct surname was Clipston.
CLIPSTON, CLIPSON & CLIPSHAM appear in several counties adjacent to Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire with enclaves in and around Grimsby & North Lincolnshire leading across the Humber into Hull & East Yorkshire.
Distribution of the name
There are a number of villages situated in Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Leicestershire bearing the name CLIPSTON/CLIPSTONE.
It is well known in genealogy circles that men in the early ages took the name of their birth place as and when they moved elsewhere. It is therefore my belief that some of the CLIPSTON distribution can be credited to King John.
During his reign 1199 to 1216 he spent quite a lot of his time at a location situated in Sherwood Forest named KINGS CLIPSTONE where he had a palace and from where he ruled the land. It is also recorded in Nottinghamshire historical records, that King John was known to send bacon from Nottinghamshire to an area around the Wash.
It is therefore my belief that the entourage which transported the bacon could have contained men from KINGS CLIPSTONE, who eventually left the entourage and set up families with the local girls, at or near to the aforementioned villages which are on or near to the old route taken to the Wash.
I hold most of the data collected by the late Ruth Clipson, which covers many pre-registration references of baptisms marriages, deaths and census records covering most of England, one or two references of families who have emigrated to Africa.
I am also in possession of family tree's which have originated in Northamptonshire/ Lincolnshire and settled within the commonwealth.