When Hopkins Whipple was born in 1739, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Hezekiah Whipple, was 38 and his mother, Katharine Olney, was 38.
English: perhaps a nickname from an unrecorded diminutive of Middle English w(h)ippe ‘scourge, whip’, possibly contained in Middle English whippel-tre, a type of dogwood or cornus. For possible applications as a nickname see Whipp . Alternatively, perhaps from an unrecorded diminutive of the Middle English personal name Wippe (see Whipp ).
History: Matthew Whipple came from England to Ipswich, MA, c. 1638. His descendent William Whipple (1730–85) born in Kittery, ME, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A John Whipple was one of the first settlers in Providence, RI.