Sepp: Earliest records of surname

One of the first recordings of the family name or its variants was that of Henry Joseph in 1191 in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Hampshire, England.1 Pipe rolls were financial documents that were used for the administration of the financial resources of English royal government. Records were kept of payments made to the Crown, debts owed to the Crown and Crown expenditure.2,3

The name William Joseph was recorded in 1205 in Suffolk. In 1332, John Josepsone was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridge.1

No references to early recordings of the family name, Sepp, dating from the Middle Ages, could be found thus far. Recordings that are available date from the 19th and 20th century and most of these individuals who carried the surname Sepp, had associations with the countries Estonia or Germany (where our Sepp branch originates from).4


  1. Joseph surname.
  2. Pipe Rolls.
  3. Medieval financial records: pipe rolls 1130-c1300.
  4. Sepp (surname).