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Where did the English Tupper family come from? What is the English Tupper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tupper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tupper family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Topper, Toppfer, Tupper, Touper, Toper and others.

First found in Saxony where they were an ancient family well known in the literature of Germany and France. The family held a family seat at Thuringe in later years. The family became dispersed when they were beset by the religious conflicts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Under Charles V of France the main branch were described as obstinate Lutherans or "tout-perd" which in the Netherlands became Toupard.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tupper research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1821, 1887, and 1896 are included under the topic Early Tupper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Tupper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tupper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Tupper settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Tho Tupper, aged 21, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Thomas Tupper, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

Tupper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Tupper settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • Peleg Tupper settled at Newbern, North Carolina in 1820


  • Earl Silas Tupper (1907-1983), American businessman, inventor of Tupperware
  • Benjamin Tupper (1738-1792), American soldier in the French and Indian War, and an officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War who achieved the rank of brevet brigadier general, co-founder of the Ohio Company of Associates
  • Earl Silas Tupper (1907-1983), American inventor of Tupperware, an airtight plastic container for storing food
  • Stanley Roger Tupper (1921-2006), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine
  • Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), English poet and antiquarian, best known as the author of Proverbial Philosophy
  • Ferdinand Brock Tupper (1795-1874), British historian
  • Robert Ingersoll Tupper, Real Estate Magnate of Hebron, Conn
  • Prime Minister Sir Charles Napier Tupper (1821-1915), Canadian Father of Confederation, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (1896)
  • Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper (1855-1927), Canadian politician, Solicitor General and Minister of Justice of Canada, son of Charles Napier Tupper
  • Scott Tupper (b. 1986), Canadian gold and silver medalist field hockey player



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: L'espoir est ma force
Motto Translation: Hope is my strength.


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The Tupper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tupper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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