This blog post discusses the duties of a "tipstaff" as a role that still exists in Pennsylvania (US) courts, which includes clerical duties such as ordering motions and announcements etc.
There are reasons against using the term, such as perception of corruption and/or courtroom novices (e.g. jurors) getting the impression they're supposed to tip the tip-staff.
The post closes with a question, which I'm asking here: Why does Pennsylvania still call this position by the name tipstaff?
Note: The title is distinguished from that of "bailiff" in the Clarion County Juror Handbook ("Each courtroom has two tipstaffs and a bailiff"). Title 234 Rule 111 also seems to contemplate a distinction as the rule applies to "all court personnel including, among others, court clerks, bailiffs, tipstaffs, and court stenographers."
I did consider posting this on EL&U but think here it might get the benefit of more specialized knowledge or people more familiar with actual practices of law & functioning of courts in PA.