Toups History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Toups was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Old Danish personal name Topi. 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 surnames.

Early Origins of the Toups family

The surname Toups was first found in Somerset, where the first records of the name are Robert Top and William Toppe, bother recorded there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [1]

"The Dorset family of Topp probably belong to the ancient Wiltshire family of Topp, now extinct, that held the manor of Stockton in Wilts from before the Reformation until the close of last century, when it passed by marriage into the possession of Robert Balch, Esq., of St. Audries, Somerset." [2]

"The manor of Killenick [at Land's End, Cornwall] belonged, in the reign of Richard II. to John Longeland and Lankford. This manor has been dismembered ; and it was sold in the year 1720, under a decree of chancery, in its divided state. Bosvargus, which was formerly a seat belonging to a family of that name, was at one time inherited by the learned Jonathan Toup, rector of St. Martin's, near Looe." [3]

Some of the family were found in Scotland as "Edward Top admitted [was] burgess of Aberdeen, 1486 is doubtless the Edward Top who was fined in 1497 for 'failzeit in the waching of the tone.'" [4]

Early History of the Toups family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toups research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1580 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Toups History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toups Spelling Variations

Toups has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Toups have been found, including Toop, Toope, Tooppe, Toopes, Toup, Toupe, Tupe, Toowp and many more.

Early Notables of the Toups family (pre 1700)

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


United States Toups migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Toupss to arrive on North American shores:

Toups Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Toups, aged 34, who arrived in Abbaville, Louisiana, in 1898
Toups Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jeanne Toups, aged 35, who arrived in America from Paris, France, in 1912
  • Jeanne Toups, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • Jeanne Toups, aged 44, who arrived in New Orleans, La., in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Toups (post 1700) +

  • Judith A. "Judy" Toups (1930-1976), American Mississippi-based birder and columnist for the Sun Herald of Biloxi for almost 35 years
  • Wayne Toups (b. 1958), American Grammy Award nominated Cajun singer and songwriter, Offbeat Magazine Album of the Year recipient


  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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