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Topliss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Topliss was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Topliss family lived in Yorkshire. The name is derived from a combination of the Old English personal name Topp, and the word leah, meaning wood or clearing, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood or clearing owned by someone named Topp.

Early Origins of the Topliss family

The surname Topliss was first found in Yorkshire where they are conjecturally descended from a junior branch of the Percys. Topcliff or Topclive was granted to a Norman Baron named William Percy who later became the Earl of Northumberland and one of the most senior mighty nobles of the land. At the time of the Conquest, Topcliff consisted of a church and a mill on the side of the banks of the River Swale.

Early History of the Topliss family

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Topliss Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Topliss are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Topliss include Topley, Topler, Topliffe, Topcliff, Topclive, Toppley, Topleif, Toplief, Toplis and many more.

Early Notables of the Topliss family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Topcliff, Member of Parliament for Scarborough (1451); and Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778), an Anglican clergyman and hymn-writer. Richard Topcliffe (1532-1604), was a persecutor of Roman Catholics, born, according to his own account, in 1532, was the eldest son of Robert Topcliffe of Somerby...
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Migration of the Topliss family to the New World and Oceana

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Topliss, or a variant listed above:

Topliss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lainpley Topliss, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Batley, in 1896

Topliss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Ernest Topliss, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • George Ernest Topliss, aged 31, who landed in America from Thornton Heath, Surrey, in 1906
  • Elsie Topliss, aged 25, who settled in America from Derby, England, in 1912
  • John Topliss, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1921
  • James Topliss, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Topliss (post 1700)

  • David Topliss (1949-2008), English Rugby League World Cup winning footballer and coach

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