E-mails John Riper (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Dorothy Yereance (New York State, USA)- 1995
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Who has information for me about the names
RIEPER or RIPER, originally from the Altes Land, Germany?
Dr. Cornelius Van Riper, dean of Passaic physicians, died at 77 at the home of his daughter in West Roxbury, Mass. He was "an ideal physician," the Passaic Daily News said in an editorial, which also said he was held "in whole-hearted affection by a multitude of people."
Dr. Van Riper was born in what is now Delawanna. He was graduated from New York University in 1863 and after studying medicine in the office of a physician he opened his own office and an apothecary shop in Passaic in 1866. In addition to treating patients and supplying their medical needs, Dr. Van Riper was active in municipal affairs. He served on the board of education and municipal council. He was a banker and governor of the Passaic General Hospital.
Dr. Van Riper bore one of New Jersey's oldest names. He was a descendant of Jurian Tomassen, a Dane from the community of Ripa in Jutland. Tomassen married Pryntje Hermans after his arrival in the New World in 1663. In 1684 he became one of the original Acquackahonk patentess. When he died, his children took the names of Juriance, which later became Yereance and Auryanseh, and Van Ripen, which subsequently became Van Riper.
Thanks for your message about
Dr. Cornelius Van Riper. I appreciate it very much.
As I told you last month I
have visited Denmark for holidays. Because of your article I went to the town
"Ribe". This resulted in the following message that I today have sent to the
newsgroups -.german and -.misc. Thanks again.
First mentioned in 1371 (Urkunde
des Depositums des Grafen Alexander Kielmannsegg in Guelzow, Staatsarchiv Hannover): KONRAD
V.RIPEN farms out land near den Utwegen im Kirchenland Middelsten Lu.
The name RIEPER can be
explained as rope-maker, also as surveyor (Low-German: reper). The above mentioned form V.RIPEN,
however, points much more to a place-indication. In East-Frisian the word 'Ripe' means
something like 'border' (of a street, of a river), and according to Dr. Iellinghaus
in his book Holsteinische Ortsnamen a 'Riep' is a 'side-way'.
Last month Dorothy Yereance sent
me via soc.genealogy.surnames the text of a newspaper article about a Dr. Cornelius van
Riper, who appeared to have been a descendant of "a Dane from the community of
Ripa in Jutland". Being in Denmark for holidays anyway, I last week visited the town Ribe
in Jutland, the oldest preserved Danish town. From historical books and maps in a local
antiquarian bookshop I soon found out that till about the 16th century the name of this
town was Ripen; on two old maps also written as Rypen and Riepen.
Furthermore I found quite a lot of people with the name Riber and a single Ribern
in the telephoneguide of Ribe (Rieper, Riper etc. do not appear). Consequently I think
that, although Mr. Borstelman did not mention this possibility (almost 70 years ago...),
it is very well possible that the names "Rieper" and "Riper" originate
from the Danish town Ribe. Would like to receive reactions to this theory.
I received your message about
your trip to Denmark and found it very interesting. Thank you for remembering to send a
reply. I hope you had a nice vacation. I am sending you a copy of an excerpt from a book
sent to me by the Passaic Historic Society in the state of New Jersy, USA. I live in New
York State 60 miles north of New York City. New Jersey is just south of New York State. I
hope footnote #2 will be of some interest to you.
In April, 1663, Juriaen (1.)
Thomasse (Uriah, son of Thomas) from Rypen, (2.) in North Jutland, sailed from
Holland in T'Bonte Koe, "The Spotted Cow," in
company with eighty-seven other passengers - men, women and children - in quest of fortune
in the New Netherlands.
Ryke Harmsse (doubtless his widow) was a witness
at the baptism of another grandson, Jurie, son of Jan Juriance and Neeltje Gerrebrantze,
in the Acqnackanonk church Feb. l0, 1703. She owned lot No. 2, in the Goutum sudivision.
The date of her death is unknown.
This is great. Just the
material that I am looking for. Here in Holland there is an association for stammering
people the "Charles van Riper Vereniging", named after an American
speech-pathologist Dr. Charles Van Riper. This association sent me in 1980 a brief
autobiography of Charles Van Riper, which starts as follows:
So this Charles thought (and so did I), that
his roots were in Holland! Thanks to your message however, I know that he too is a
descendent of Juriaen from Denmark.
© 1997 John Riper