Northup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Northup family

The surname Northup was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the medieval village of Northorpe which washed out to sea in early times. It was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 when Walter held the village from Drogo de Beuvierre a Nomran Baron. The family is conjecturally descended from Walter of Northorpe.

Early History of the Northup family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northup research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Northup History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Northup Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Northorpe, Northorp, Northrup, Northrupp, Northrop, Northropp, Northup, Northop, Northupp, Northopp, Norhope and many more.

Early Notables of the Northup family (pre 1700)

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United States Northup migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northup Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Northup, who sailed to Boston in 1766

Canada Northup migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northup Settlers in Canada in the 16th Century
  • Joseph Northup, who settled in Nova Scotia sometime between 1598 and 1867
Northup Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jeremiah Northup, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Jere Northup, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Joseph Northup, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Joshua Northup, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1784

Contemporary Notables of the name Northup (post 1700) +

  • Solomon Northup (1808-1863), American farmer, violinist, abolitionist and the main author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave; he was kidnapped, and sold as a slave in 1841, it took Governor of New York to finally arrange his freedom in 1853, inspiration for the 2013 Academy Award winning film 12 Years a Slave
  • William H. Northup, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1896 (alternate), 1904, 1908, 1912 (alternate), 1916, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 3rd District, 1908 [2]
  • Myron Northup, American politician, Mayor of Port Huron, Michigan, 1886 [2]
  • James M. Northup, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1859 [2]
  • Henry B. Northup, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1856 [2]
  • George H. Northup, American politician, Representative from New York 29th District, 1912 [2]
  • George Northup, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1882-83 [2]
  • Daniel A. Northup, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1870-71 [2]
  • B. C. Northup, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 21st District, 1873-75 [2]
  • Anne Meagher Northup (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1987-96; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1997- [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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