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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 obstinate Lutherans or "tout-perd" which in the Netherlands became Toupard.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tupper research. Another 187 words (13 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

  • Thomas Tupper settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Tho Tupper, aged 21, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Thomas Tupper, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

Tupper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Tupper settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • Peleg Tupper settled at Newbern, North Carolina in 1820

Tupper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Archelaus Tupper, who landed in Canada in 1834

Tupper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. Tupper arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867


  • Stanley Roger Tupper (1921-2006), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine
  • Earl Silas Tupper (1907-1983), American inventor of Tupperware, an airtight plastic container for storing food
  • Benjamin Tupper (1738-1792), American soldier in the French and Indian War, and an officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War who achieved the rank of brevet brigadier general, co-founder of the Ohio Company of Associates
  • Earl Silas Tupper (1907-1983), American businessman, inventor of Tupperware
  • Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), English poet and antiquarian, best known as the author of Proverbial Philosophy
  • Mr. George Edward  Tupper (1876-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Lydia Jane  Tupper (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Eliakim Eddy Tupper (1822-1895), Canadian block maker and politician who represented Digby County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1890 to 1895
  • William Johnston Tupper (1862-1947), Canadian politician, 12th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (1934-1940)
  • James Tupper (b. 1965), Canadian actor best known for his role as Jack Slattery on the ABC television series Men in Trees



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.


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  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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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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