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Ripley Surname Origin
(Locality) A market-town in west Yorkshire, England, from the Saxon rypan, to divide or separate, and ley, uncultivated lands, a pasture.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Ripley Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Ripley Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burke