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The ancestors of the Topping family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Dorset. Their name, however, is a reference to Turpin Au Bois, Normandy, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the French name Turpinus, a derivative of the Latin 'turpis,' meaning 'disgraceful,' a name adopted by the early Christians as a token of humility. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Topping Early Origins



The surname Topping was first found in Dorset but was quickly found in Yorkshire shortly after the Norman Conquest. One of the first records of the name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Torfin or Turfin. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Turfinus filius Torfini was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1130 as was Torphinus in the same rolls in 1196. A few years later, Gaufridus filius Thorphini was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1204. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John Turpin in Oxfordshire. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Whitchester in Northumberland was home to a branch of the family. "This place was for ages the possession of the Turpin family." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Richard "Dick" Turpin (1705-1739), the infamous English highwayman who was executed on 22 March 1739 for his deeds was inspiration for many English ballads, theatre and films and hailed from Hempstead, Essex. Ironically, Turpin was never convicted of being a highwayman or a murderer. However, he was convicted of being a horse-rustler and that led to his execution.

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Topping Spelling Variations


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Topping Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Topping were recorded, including Turpine, Torpin, Turpin, Turbin, Turping, Tirping, Tirpin, Terpin, Turpen and many more.

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Topping Early History


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Topping Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Topping research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1619 and are included under the topic Early Topping History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Topping Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Topping Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Topping Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Topping In Ireland


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Topping In Ireland



Some of the Topping family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Topping arrived in North America very early:

Topping Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Topping, who landed in Connecticut in 1651
  • Samuel Topping, who arrived in Virginia in 1693

Topping Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Topping, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Topping Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Topping, aged 38, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Topping, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812

Topping Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Topping, aged 25, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • David Topping, aged 35, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Annie Topping, aged 35, who landed in America from Kendal, England, in 1909
  • Annie Gosing Topping, aged 39, who emigrated to America from Barbados, West Indies, in 1910
  • Andrew Topping, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Gilford, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Topping Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Topping, who arrived in Canada in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name Topping (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Topping (post 1700)



  • Jenny Louise Topping (b. 1980), American former 4-time NCAA Division I First Team All-American, left-handed hitting softball player
  • Nathaniel Topping, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County, 1836
  • Kile Topping (1897-1978), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Lincoln County, 1929-30
  • Harry L. Topping, American Republican politician, Elected Illinois State House of Representatives 20th District 1940
  • Harry Topping (1913-2001), English footballer, later a coach in the Netherlands
  • Keith Andrew Topping (b. 1963), English author, journalist and broadcaster
  • George Topping (1881-1916), retired Australian rules footballer
  • Richard Topping (b. 1967), British stand-up comedian, author, and television personality
  • Michael Topping (1747-1796), Chief Marine Surveyor of Fort St. George in Chennai, India
  • Walter William Buchanan Topping (1908-1980), unionist politician in Northern Ireland
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Topping Historic Events


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Topping Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Margaret Topping, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Hilda Topping, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. 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).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Topping Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Topping 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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