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PIPER Family History

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an English occupational name for "a player of the pipe or bagpipes, a piper", from the Olde English pre 7th Century and Middle English word "pipere", a piper, from "pipe", which is cognate with the Germanic "pfeife", whistle, pipe. The following quotation is from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales": "A baggepipe cowde he blawe and sowne". The surname, which was first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), may be found as "le Pipere" (Assize Court Rolls of Lincolnshire, 1202); "le Piper" (the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire, 1273); "le Pyper" (Issue Rolls) and "le Pipre" (Close Rolls, 1276).

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