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Quipp

 

About the study

My grandmothers' maiden name. (Yes both of them before you ask!) Despite this being a rare name it seems to be mentioned in several sources claiming to explain its origin. Some of these were not credible so I determined to explore the name's origin and distribution.

Variant names

several spelling errors and mistranscriptions but no true variants. It can be challenging to find individuals on census returns for example it has been found mistranscribed as follows

UK census GUINPU, INIFF, KNIPP, QENPP, QINPP, QUIFF, QUIFP, QUIPPS, SNIPP

US census DNIPP, DUIPP, GRIPP, GRUPP, GUIPP, IMPF, IUIPP, QNIPP, QUIPPS, QUWIPP, SNEPP

Canadian census GUIPP, QUEPP, QUIBBP, TRUPP, TWIP, ZUIPP

Name origin

Early occurences of the name at Padiham, Lancs 1577, Guisely, Yorks 1585 and Owersby, Lincs 1602 all arise from families of Whipps living in the same parish.

It is not uncommon for placenames and surnames beginning with QU or WH to show this variation in spelling. eg there is a Quarles in Norfolk and a Wharles in Lancashire both place names having the same original meaning of stone circle

The origin of the surname Whipp is alas not clear.

It is not as one source suggests a variants of Quaife. It is not as another source states a variant of Kipp or Kype. It is not derived from the Latin word quippe

History of the name

None of historical importance

Name frequency

National indexes in the UK show about one birth every year on average. The name has become well established in North America.

Distribution of the name

One Charles Quipp born in North Lincolnshire is responsible for almost all of the Quipps now found in Scotland. A Jonathan Quipp also born in North Lincolnshire emigrated to Canada in early 1830s and his descendants are numerous in North America. Although his parents are known we still do not know where he married in England or where in England his first son was born.

Data

I have evidance that all present day Quipps can be traced back to one or other of two marriages in Lincolnshire. This takes the form of two extended family trees

  1.  John Quipp of Gainsborough married Elizabeth Harker of Whisby 10 Dec 1733 at Doddington Pigot in Lincolnshire they settled in Brigg, Lincs
  2.  John Quipp married Elizabeth Harrison 16 May 1741 Lincoln St Mary Magdalen

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