This intriguing and interesting name is of Medieval English origin and is the diminutive, (son of or little) form of Tripp, itself a metonymic occupational name for either a dancer or a butcher or a tripe dresser. The derivation for the former is from the Old English 'treppan', the Middle English "trip(p)(en)", tripe. Other examples of diminutive forms include Tripet(t), Tripon, Tripean. Amongst the sample recordings of Triplett in London are the following, the marriage of Francis Triplett and Judith Jackson on February 4th 1570 at St Vedast's, Foster Lane, and the christening of Elizabeth Triplett on February 7th 1580, at St.Mary Mountlaw, and Anne Triplett on September 3rd 1609 at St. Dunstan's in the East. The Coat of Arms awarded to the family has the blazon of a green shield thereon a lamb passant, with three heads guardant and reguardant. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Triplett (marriage to Alicia Sutton), which was dated 25th June 1567, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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