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Recorded as Jepson, Jeppson, Jepperson, Jeppensen, Jeppenson, and others, this is an Anglo-Scandanavian surname. It is a patronymic form of the early personal names and later surnames Jepp or Gepp. These were diminutives of the Norman-French personal names Jeufroi or Geuffroi, introduced into England and Scotland after the Conquest of 1066, and which appear in the Medieval period as "Jeffrey or Geoffrey". These names have an interesting, if complicated origin, since two or possibly three Old German and Scandanavian personal names fused together in the course of its formation. These names are Gaufrid, Galfrid and Gisfrid, all sharing a common second element of "frithu", meaning peace...

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