Last name: Fripp

Recorded in a number of spellings including Frip, Fripp, Fripps, Frape and Phripp, this is an English medieval surname. It is one of a group of nickname developments such as Flis, Phip, and Phil of the famous Ancient Greek personal, and later surname, 'Phillipos', meaning 'lover of horses'. There are estimated to be over three hundred variations of the surname ranging from the English and French Phillip and Phillipe, to the German Lipgens, and the Russian Filipchikov. However spelt the name was first introduced into Europe by the famous Knight Templars (Crusaders) when they returned home in the 11th and 12th centuries. This was after their long and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to 'free' the Holy Land from the Muslims. Normally such 'introduced' names were biblical, the Crusades being a time of Christian revival, but in this case the historical reference has been stretched somewhat to include Alexander, the Great, who was certainly no Christian! In this specific spelling the first known recording in the early English church registers may be that of William Frip, at the famous church of St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, city of London, on June 15th 1579, whilst Cornelia Fripp married Edras Wallis, at St Nicholas, Deptford, Kent, on May 14th 1581. Other examples are those of John and Mary Fripps, witnesses at St Pauls Church, Covent Garden, London, on September 29th 1717, and in the USA the earliest recording that we have appears to be that of John I Fripp, at Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Duchess, New York State, on May 4th 1814.

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My maiden is Fripp and l am from Hampshire, father from Sussex, Grandparents from London and l believe Dorset too. My Grandad was a Glider pilot at Lasham Aerodrome and went by the name of Kenneth James Arthur Fripp he lived in Medstead, Alton, Hampshire. Over the years of trying to find out more, my father tells of a tragic tale that his father (ken) told him when he was a young man, of a brutal slaying somewhere in Dorset in which a woman is to have said "come and see what they did to your father" though the death certificate saying he died of a palsy....My auntie has apparently found the family crest but l question it, though alot of Fripps still live in the south of England, Canada too as well as it being a very common surname in Strasburg....

Robert S.P. Fripp
The earliest Fripp in the United States was almost certainly Captain Johannes (Villiers) Fripp, pirate and raider on the East Coast against French and Spanish settlers. King James II awarded Fripp a land charter in return for his efforts, and Fripp's parcel of land has been known for a long time as Fripp Island, South Carolina. Fripp also operated a slave market, and that part of the state is settled by Fripps, both black and white. [Source: Robert S.P. Fripp, Toronto and Shillingstone, Dorset]

Rosie Lily Bateman
I found your post fascinating, more so because my dad who is a Fripp married a spanish lady, Thanks for sharing will read up on some more about the Fripps