Historical Information

In germany different families with differnt origin with the name “von der Lippe” exist. Two of the best known lines are the “Turnierkragen”-line and the line with the rose of lippe in the coat of arms.

This web site presents information about the noblemen of the “Turnierkragen”-line. The expression “Turnierkragen” line is derived from the coat of arms that displays two black Turnierkragen on silver ground. I am not sure how to translate Turnierkragen correctly. Turnier means competition propably here in the meaning of some knight games. Kragen is the german word for collar. In the middle age a Turnierkragen in the coat of arms often represented a descendent like a son.

This family is one of the oldest families of germany. The origins can be traced back into the 12th century. Further trace is very difficult, because in that times only few things were written down. That was also the age when family names began to exist and to be used. Great parts of historical material has been lost in the past or was destroyed during world war II.

Most of the information on this site is taken from the following book of the 3rd decade of the 20th century:

"Die Herren und Freiherren von der Lippe
Urkundliche Familiengeschichte
bearbeitet von [processed by]
Victor von der Lippe
unter Mitwirkung von [with the help of]
Dr. Friedrich Philippi”

So, the founder of the "Turnierkragen"-line was  Henricus de Lippia (1180-1196). One of the theories is that this Henricus de Lippia is the same person as "Heinrich, Graf [count] von Paderborn (1194-1227)" . Another theory states that Henricus de Lippia is the son of Bernhardus de Lippia (1123-1158). It can be assumed that these persons are the ancestors of both the “Turnierkragen”-line and the line with the rose of Lippe.

Some more genealogical information about that time is available under http://www.genealogy.net/gene/gene/reg/NRHE-WFA/lippe_edelh-d.html (in german) or http://www.genealogy.net/gene/reg/NRHE-WFA/lippe_chrono.html (in english). But only the early beginnings are relevant because the following material is related only to the family with the rose.

The explanation of the history won’t get easier by the fact that the names are not always the same, because there are some Henricus/Hermann and dependant on the source several names may be used for one person.

One of the main living places of that past time was the castle of blomberg. That building serves today as a hotel and a restaurant. A few pictures are available under  http://www.burghotel-blomberg.de or http://www.hogabe.de .

During the centuries the main area of activities of the Turnierkragen-line was the “Lippische Land” near of the towns of Horn-Bad-Meinberg, Blomberg, Lippstadt, Detmold und Paderborn. From the 14th century on the activities concentrated in the area around Vinsebeck. Only in the last two or three centuries people began to immigrate to other countries.


In the run of the centuries were a lot of events and proceedings that built the history of the family like the fighting of the robber knights in the area of Stift Quernheim or the activities of Brigadier Phillippe von der Lippe in the 30 year war.

In the present the family has no more greater relevance any more. Some lines have died out (i. e. the line Lippe-Detmold). The former palaces are now owned by the state and the privileges of the nobles are gone since they have been abolished with the aristocracy in 1918.

Nevertheless there are many places in the area that give some hints even today of the past. In a corridor in the cathedral of Paderborn (near the three hare window) you will find a lot of tombstones with engraved information about the family.

Another gem is the water palace Vinsebeck that is placed in the village with same name. The front shows two large scale coat of arms, one with the Turnierkragen-sign, the other with the sign of the nobles “von Donop” whose past has been tightly connected to the Vinsebecker collateral line of the “von der Lippe”.