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Lippitt Name Study

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Name and Distribution

The Lippitt name apparently came from England. It is a corruption of the Middle English word 'hliepgeat', and was a gate low enough for horses and deer to jump but too high for cattle and sheep to cross. There are several variations for the name: Lippatt, Lippett, Lippitt, Lipiate, Lippiatt, Lipyeat, as well as the standard spellings with only one T.

In the United States in 1840, Lippitts were concentrated in Rhode Island, with others mainly in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. By 1880, the largest concentrations of Lippitts were in Rhode Island, New York and Ohio, and by 1920, Lippitts could be found across the United States, but mainly in New York, Georgia, Illinois and California.

In England in 1891, the name was concentrated in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Monmouthshire.

Research Resources

Cutter, William Richard New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Third Series, 1915 Volume 1, Pages 528ff, 534ff, HathiTrust

Beckwith, Daniel, "The Lippitt Family of Rhode Island" "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" 29 (Jan 1873):70-73; image copy, Internet Archive : accessed 7 March 2016

"Lippitt Family Papers: Cotton manufacturers and politicians, Providence and Newport, R.I." Papers, 1776-1976. Rhode Island Historical Society, Manuscripts Division Catalog number: MSS 538 Microfilm: HQ 1438. R45 Pt 2 Reel 27 (not available online)

Hartley, Pat, "Working on Wednesday: John Lippitt (About 1740 - 1823), Storekeeper and Rebel," Pat Hartley, Ancestry Island, 24 June 2015 http://ancestryisland.blogspot.com/2015/06/working-on-wednesday-john-lippitt-about.html 2016

Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher, "Dorcas (____) Lippitt of Providence, Rhode Island, and Her Descendants" "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" 162 (Jan 2008):23-36. A history of a black Lippitt family in Providence.

Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher, "Caesar, Murray and William Lippitt of Warwick, Rhode Island." Rhode Island Roots 33:2 (Jun 2007) p. 57-89. Addenda 33:4 (Dec 2007) p. 206-208.

Arnold, James N., Vital Record of Rhode Island: 1636-1850 : First Series : Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People, Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Providence, RI 1898, Volume 1 - Kent County; accessed 7 March 2016 at HathiTrust

Arnold, James N., Vital Record of Rhode Island: 1636-1850 : First Series : Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People, Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Providence, RI 1898, Volume 10 - Town and Church; accessed 7 March 2016 at GoogleBooks

Proger, Barton V., "The Annotations of Esther Amanda (Spencer) Briggs to Volume X of Arnold's Vital Record of Rhode Island." Rhode Island Roots 27:4 (Dec 2001) 188, (and continued in other volumes). Available at www.AmericanAncestors.org (membership required)

Prominent Lippitts

Christopher Lippitt, 1744-1824, Revolutionary War officer: Cyclopedia, Wikipedia

Henry Lippitt, 1818-1891, Governor of Rhode Island Wikipedia

Henry Frederick Lippitt, 1856-1933, US Senator from Rhode Island, Wikipedia

John W. Lippitt, 1822-1896, New York politician, Wikipedia





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