Early Origins of the Tophen family
The surname Tophen 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tophen family
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Tophen Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Tophen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tophen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Topham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820 with a child; Richard Topham settled in Nova Scotia with his wife and child in 1774; Mr. and Mrs. Topham settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821..
The Tophen Motto
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.