Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old Norse name Toppr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.
Early Origins of the Top family
Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Top family
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Top Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Top include Topp, Top, Toppe and others.
Early Notables of the Top family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Top family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Top Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Top Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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