Show ContentsTopping History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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] 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]

Early Origins of the Topping family

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]

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]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John Turpin in Oxfordshire. [4] Whitchester in Northumberland was home to a branch of the family. "This place was for ages the possession of the Turpin family." [5]

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 hailed from Hempstead, Essex. Ironically, Turpin was never convicted of being a highwayman or a murderer. He was convicted of being a horse-rustler and that led to his execution.

Early History of the Topping family

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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.

Early Notables of the Topping family (pre 1700)

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Topping Ranking

In the United States, the name Topping is the 8,875th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Topping family to Ireland

Some of the Topping family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Topping migration to the United States +

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 [7]
  • Samuel Topping, who arrived in Virginia in 1693 [7]
Topping Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Topping, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [7]
Topping Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Topping, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1812 [7]
  • John Topping, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [7]
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 immigrated to America from Barbados, West Indies, in 1910
  • Andrew Topping, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Gilford, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Topping migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Topping Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Topping, who arrived in Canada in 1816

Australia Topping migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Topping Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Topping, (b. 1797), aged 19, English brick maker who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1828 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Topping (post 1700) +

  • Seymour Topping (1921-2020), American journalist and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes from 1993 to 2002
  • 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 [9]
  • Kile Topping (1897-1978), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Lincoln County, 1929-30 [9]
  • Harry L. Topping, American Republican politician, Elected Illinois State House of Representatives 20th District 1940 [9]
  • Harry Topping (1913-2001), English footballer, later a coach in the Netherlands
  • Keith Andrew Topping (b. 1963), English author, journalist and broadcaster
  • Daniel Reid Topping (1912-1974), part owner and president of the New York Yankees baseball team (1945 to 1964)
  • George Topping (1881-1916), retired Australian rules footballer
  • Richard Topping (b. 1967), British stand-up comedian, author, and television personality
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Margaret Topping, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [10]
  • Miss Hilda Topping, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [10]

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  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.
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  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook