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This is my collection of Rippingtons, mainly consisting of those originating in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Apart from the Marston branch, which I have researched extensively, I have added others who I believe to be connected from various other people who I have been in contact with.

There is one "fiddle" where I have inserted an Unknown Rippington to link the Princes Risborough branch to West Wycombe as it appears almost certain that they are connected but due to the poor survival of records at that time the link is missing - unless someone has done a more thorough research in this area at this time and can provide an answer.
As far as I know the details are correct but I would welcome corrections or other additions to the family tree.

The aim is to create a comprehensive collection of Rippingtons as possible which can be shared. I am aware of other Rippington families, particularly in London, and would love to hear from anyone reseaching them or other families.

I will omit living people unless I have their specific permission to include them. If I have included you in error please contact me and I will be happy to delete you.

In common with most surnames there are variations in spelling, the most common in respect of Rippington being Reppington, Repington, Reppinton, Repyngton, Rypington and Reppinton.
The generally accepted origin of the name is from Repton in Derbyshire, the town's name being Repandunum in Roman times, Repindon in Saxon times and then Repington before becoming Repton. The earliest reference as a family name is of a Simon of Repington who settled in Leache in Lincolnshire and was living in 1104. The family became of some prominence and in the 15th Century established themselves at Amington Hall in Warwickshire (now part of Tamworth, Staffordshire).
There is also a Rippington Manor at Great Gransden in Cambridgeshire which dates back to the 12th Century when it was given to the Priory of Repton in Derbyshire. As the two places are linked It would therefore appear likely that the Manor of Rippington obtained its' name from Repton in Derbyshire.
As surnames came into use in the 13th and 14th Centuries they tended to be derived from father's name (e.g. Johnson), an occupation, a personal characteristic or their place of origin. By the commencement of parish registers in the 16th Century the name is spread mainly around the South East of England occuring principally in London, Hertfordshire and Kent with some references in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. There is also a group in Devon. By the 18th and 19th Centuries the name is concentrated around London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, the last being almost exclusively the Marston Branch. It would seem likely that these families in the South derived their name from the area of Rippington Manor in Cambridgeshire rather than Repton in Derbyshire as there are very few references to the name north of there other than what appear to be descendants of the Repinton family who settled in Amington in Warwickshire.
I would be interested to hear if anyone has any alternative theory.
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