Toppan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Toppan family

The surname Toppan 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]

"Topsham [Devon] in all probability affords an instance of the preservation of a personal name from Saxon days, and is equivalent to ' Topa's ham.' In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was frequently called Apsom. It is Topeshant in ' Domesday.' " [2]

Early History of the Toppan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toppan research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1751, 1820, 1710, 1749, 1639, 1713, 1664, 1671, 1695 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Toppan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toppan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Toppan family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edward Topham (1751-1820), English journalist, playwright, poet, and landowner from Wold Newton, Yorkshire; and Thomas Topham (c. 1710 - 1749), famous English strongman. Thomas Tompion (1639-1713), known as 'the father of English watchmaking,' is said to have been born at Northhill, Bedfordshire. "Tompion was...
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United States Toppan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toppan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Abraham Toppan, aged 31, who landed in New England in 1637 [3]
  • Mr. Abraham Toppan, (b. 1606), aged 31, British cooper from Great Yarmouth, England departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to Newsbury [4]
  • Mrs. Suzanna Toppan, (b. 1607), aged 30, British settler from Great Yarmouth, England departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to Newsbury [4]
  • Mr. Peter Toppan, British settler from Great Yarmouth, England departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to Newsbury [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Toppan, British settler from Great Yarmouth, England departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to Newsbury [4]
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Toppan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. B. C. Toppan, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • L. C. Toppan, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Mrs. J. B. C. Toppan, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • William R. Toppan, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Toppan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Laura Toppan, who settled in America, in 1903
  • A. B. Toppan, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Conrad Toppan, aged 28, who immigrated to America, in 1923
  • Cyril Toppan, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Toppan (post 1700) +

  • Jennifer Toppan (b. 1981), American actress
  • Christopher Toppan, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1786-87, 1790-91, 1794-97; Member of New Hampshire State Senate from Rockingham County, 1788-90, 1791-94 [5]
  • Juri Toppan (b. 1990), Italian footballer
  • Giovanni "Gianni" Toppan (1920-1987), Italian professional footballer


The Toppan 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.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Passengers of the Mary Anne of Yarmouth (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/MaryAnne.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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