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Where did the English Tiplady family come from? When did the Tiplady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tiplady family history?

The name Tiplady was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Tiplady family lived in Yorkshire. The name is derived from a combination of the Old English personal name Topp, and the word leah, meaning wood or clearing, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood or clearing owned by someone named Topp.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Tiplady has been recorded under many different variations, including Topley, Topler, Topliffe, Topcliff, Topclive, Toppley, Topleif, Toplief, Toplis and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they are conjecturally descended from a junior branch of the Percys. Topcliff or Topclive was granted to a Norman Baron named William Percy who later became the Earl of Northumberland and one of the most senior mighty nobles of the land. At the time of the Conquest, Topcliff consisted of a church and a mill on the side of the banks of the River Swale.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tiplady research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1451, 1740 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Tiplady History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tiplady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Tipladys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Tiplady Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Tiplady, who landed in Virginia in 1639

Tiplady Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Isabella Tiplady, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

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