Origin of Surname
Pipon may be a form of Pepin, the Teutonic Peipo, the name of the famous Mayor of the Palace who made himself King of France. However, in Jersey Pepin and Pipon represent two distinct families.
The earliest published Island record of the name Pipon is in the Assize Roll of 1309, with a mention, amongst others, of Robert Pipoun (sic) of St Peter. The name is found in the Extente of 1331, when Pierre Pipon was a St Peter landholder. L`Aleval, in the Vingtaine du Coin Varin, St Peter, is believed to be the `berceau` or cradle, from which sprang most branches of the family. The Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 includes Collas, Sire Guillaume, Helier and Johan. This contradicts the information given in the Armorial (see below).
Church baptism records start in St Brelade in 1561 and that parish accounts for 179 of the total of 291 baptisms up to 1842.
From an early period this family held the estate called La Moye, which is not, however, a seigneurie, which they inherited in the 16th century from an heiress of the Oranges. More lately, they held the seigneurie of Noirmont. Both estates are in the parish of St Brelade. Elias Pipon purchased Noirmont Manor, having obtained the customary permission by Letters Patent, from Lord Carteret in 1695. On this fief originally existed a priory which gave name to the estate, and which was subject to that of St Clement, and a cell to the Abbey of Mont St Michel. In the 15th century the monks actioned the tenants of this fief, claiming the privileges of having their mill repaired, their tithes collected, and their wood and wine delivered by their lay subordinates.
The earliest mention found of Pipon in Jersey is in 1467 [see Erratum], when John Pipon was a Jurat of the Royal Court. In 1552, Sire Guille Pipon was one of the procureurs of the parish of St Peter, of which he was also, probably, Rector. Robert Pipon collected and transcribed a large number of interesting local acts and charters, which are now preserved in the Landsdowne Collection at the British Museum.
Erratum: For earlier records than 1467, see Early records, above.
In the parish church of St Brelade occur a large number of mural tablets to the memories of members of both branches of the Pipon family, many of whom had attained rank in the Army and Navy.
The only spelling found in Jersey family records is Pipon, but the following have been found elsewhere
- Pipon, 1331
- Pepin is a distinct family with different name derivation
Although there has been considerable research into the Pipon family, resulting in four substantial trees and three shorter ones (see below), it has proved impossible to establish links between the three main family branches identified. The tree below account for virtually all the 291 Pipon baptisms in Jersey from 1561 to 1842, suggesting that the common ancestors, if there were any, will be found in the 15th century or earlier, and that the different branches of the family developed on fairly narrow lines before church registers started.
- Descendants of Nicolas Pipon (1437)
- Descendants of Jean Pipon (1550)
- Descendants of Thomas Pipon
- The Pipons of Noirmont
- Descendants of Thomas Pipon (1599)
- Descendants of Guillaume Pipon Added 2016
- Pipon baptisms in Jersey
- Pipon marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Pipon marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Pipon burials in Jersey
Family histories and biographies
Four articles on James Pipon of Noirmont
- James Pipon of Noirmont in the Commissariat
- James Pipon 1805-1808
- James Pipon and Sir Arthur Wellesley
- James Pipon - a postscript
- Major-General Henry Pipon, Governor of the Tower of London
- Jacques Pipon, Constable of St Brelade
- John Pakenham Pipon, Captain RN
- Josue Pipon, Lieut-Bailiff
- Philippe Pipon, Seigneur of Noirmont and Constable of St Brelade
- Philip Gosset Pipon, C.B., General
- Philippe Pipon, Captain RN
- Thomas Pipon, Constable of St Brelade
- Thomas Pipon, author of 1771 Code and Attorney-General and Lieut-Bailiff
Great War service
- La Chaumiere, St Lawrence
- L'Aleval, St Peter
- La Hague Manor, St Peter
- Noirmont Manor
- Brook Farm, St Brelade
- Elliston House, St Aubin
- La Moye, St Brelade
A postcard, sent to Miss Pipon in Stopford Road in 1890, posted from the Schweizerhof Hotel in Luzern. This predates by some five years the first postcard sent from Jersey. An 1886 street directory shows Miss Pipon living at 2 Wellington Villas, Stopford Road, and the 1881 census confirms that she was Jane Pipon, born in 1818
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