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This interesting and unusual surname is a diminutive of Pepys, which is of early medieval English origin. The surname is derived from the Old French personal name "Pepis", an oblique case of "Pepin", and was introduced into Britain by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The personal name is of uncertain origin, but may have originally been a byname meaning terrible or awe-inspiring, from the root "bib-", to tremble. The personal name was borne by several Frankish Kings, most notable Pepin le Bref, father of Charlemagne, and the name remained popular throughout the Middle Ages.

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