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Tuppen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tuppen reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Tuppen family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tuppen family lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Tupigny, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The spelling twopenny is a result of an Anglicized spelling of the pronunciation of a French place-name that coincidentally resembled the phrase two penny.

Early Origins of the Tuppen family

The surname Tuppen was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor from ancient times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Tupigny, a Norman noble. The reference to Twopenny, an obvious connection to money, identified by Victorian scholars is not thought to have any connection to this name, and is a coincidence in which the French spelling coincided with a common English phrase.

Early History of the Tuppen family

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Tuppen Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tuppen family name include Toopenny, Twopenny, Tupigny, Tupenny and others.

Early Notables of the Tuppen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tuppen family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Tuppen family to immigrate North America:

Tuppen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mr. Tuppen, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Tuppen, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Ernest Tuppen, aged 24, who settled in America from Watford, England, in 1908
  • Frank Tuppen, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Arthur Tuppen, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Lincoln, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tuppen (post 1700)

  • Graham Edward Tuppen CBE (b. 1952), British founder of Enterprise Inns, one of the largest public house chains in the United Kingdom

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