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Where did the English Tupper family come from? What is the English Tupper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tupper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tupper family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Topper, Toppfer, Tupper, Touper, Toper and others.
First found in Saxony where they were an ancient family "well known in the literature of Germany and France."  The family held a family seat at Thuringe in later years. The family became dispersed when they were beset by the religious conflicts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Under Charles V of France the main branch were described as Lutherans or "tout-perd" which in the Netherlands became Toupard. From this source, "the principal branch went to Guernsey in 1548."  Another source follows this timeline but adds "A branch of the family settled in England at Sandwich, Kent, whence another descendant, Thomas Tupper, went to America in 1635, and helped to found the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1637."  Yet another source claims a completely different origin of the name. In this case, the name originated at "York in 1365 [when] men were employed in beating and ramming (tupant) the earth and mud, strengthened with straw, with rammers (tuppis) and great hammers. As the rams were called tups, these workmen may well have been named tuppers."  The latter source may have some credence as early rolls revealed: Robert Tophird in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1327,  and Willelmus Tuphird in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tupper research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1821, 1887 and 1896 are included under the topic Early Tupper History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tupper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tupper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tupper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Tupper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Tupper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: L'espoir est ma force
Motto Translation: Hope is my strength.
The Tupper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tupper 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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