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The surname Topham was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Agelthorpe of Agglethorpe, a township, in the parish of Coverham, union of Leyburn, wapentake of Hang-West. "The monks of Coverham had land here, valued at 1. 6. 8. per annum; and the village, which is situated on the northern acclivity of the romantic Coverdale, is remarkable for its ancient Hall, now a farmhouse, which once belonged to the Topham family." [1]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Topham, Topam, Toppam and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Topham research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1751, 1820, 1710 and 1749 are included under the topic Early Topham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Topham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Topham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher Topham, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1703-1704
  • William Topham, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Topham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Topham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820 with a child
  • Mr. and Mrs. Topham settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821

Topham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Richard Topham settled in Nova Scotia with his wife and child in 1774

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  • Lawrence Rey Topham, American politician, Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1990; Independent American Candidate for U.S. Senator from Utah, 1994
  • John G. Topham, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Lanzarote, 1884-98
  • Thomas Topham (1702-1749), famous English strong man
  • Harry Gillespie Topham (1862-1925), English clergyman and cricketer
  • Robert Topham (1867-1931), English international footballer
  • Anthony "Top" Topham (b. 1947), English musician, and artist
  • Christopher Topham, British member of Parliament
  • Kristin Louise Topham (b. 1973), former international freestyle and butterfly swimmer from Canada
  • Arthur Topham (b. 1869), England international footballer
  • Corporal Frederick George Topham (1917-1974), Canadian who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery


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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: Ut vivas vigila
Motto Translation: Watch that you may live.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Topham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Topham 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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