Show ContentsTuppeny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tuppeny is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tuppeny 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 Tuppeny family

The surname Tuppeny 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 Tuppeny family

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Tuppeny 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 Tuppeny were recorded, including Toopenny, Twopenny, Tupigny, Tupenny and others.

Early Notables of the Tuppeny family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tuppeny family

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 Tuppeny arrived in North America very early: Thomas Tupenny who landed in North America in 1710. on Facebook