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About the study
Many African tribal societies apparently distinguish between the living, the dead and the "undead". The latter are those who have died, but knowledge of whom still lives on in the memories of the living. Family history research is, in part, a process of bringing people back from the dead at least into the "undead", and it is hoped that the study can help do this for the extended Tipper family.
History of the name
Distribution of the name
A further 1,500 can trace their origins to the string of villages along the valley of the River Rother and the South Downs of Sussex, centred on Midhurst. This family group is the source of many of the Tippers who appear in the 19th century in Australia, willingly or otherwise.
There is a third major grouping in Worcestershire, and other important early concentrations are found in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Kent. There would seem to be no Tippers native to the North of England, and those that do appear in Lancashire, Yorkshire, the North-East and Cumbria are mainly 19th century immigrants from the Midlands seeking employment opportunities in the mills, mines and foundries. There is a consistent if disparate presence in London through the ages, many originating from Sussex, and a large influx into Birmingham and the Black Country in the 1800âs principally from Worcestershire. A separate, long-standing Tipper clan exists in Ireland, with a number leaving over the years for Manchester/Liverpool and the USA.
Several emigrant families have successfully established themselves in Australasia and North America, but the majority remain in our English homeland.
The focus of the study is on linking people, and was originally concentrated on the Midlands families. The study has now been extended to other English counties and worldwide. To date, approximately 7,000 Tippers have been definitively or provisionally linked into family trees. Contact from other researchers with Tipper connections is always welcomed, with the opportunity it gives to share data and solve problems.