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Where did the English Uptain family come from? What is the English Uptain family crest and coat of arms? When did the Uptain family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Uptain family history?The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Uptain family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Uptain family originally lived in Cornwall, in the village of Upton.
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Upton, Uppeton and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Uptain research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1218, 1308, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Uptain History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Uptain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Uptain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 176 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Uptain: John Upton settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Upton settled in Georgia with his wife in 1680; Martha Upton settled in Virginia in 1700; Elizabeth Upton and her husband settled in Carolina in 1724.
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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.
The Uptain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Uptain 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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