The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Toppe 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
Early Origins of the Toppe family
The surname Toppe was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Toppe family
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Toppe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Toppe family name include Topp, Top, Toppe and others.
Early Notables of the Toppe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toppe family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Toppe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Silvester Tope settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1752; James Toup settled in Ireland's Eye Newfoundland in 1810; Joanna Toop settled in Jamaica in 1731..
Contemporary Notables of the name Toppe (post 1700)
- Torgeir Toppe, Norwegian sprint canoer
- Steffen Ingebriktsen Toppe (1902-1979), Norwegian politician for the Labour Party
- Kjersti Toppe (b. 1967), Norwegian politician
- Tantia Toppe, Indian soldier