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The surname Tupper was first found in Saxony where they were an ancient family "well known in the literature of Germany and France." [1] 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." [1] 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." [2] 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." [3] The latter source may have some credence as early rolls revealed: Robert Tophird in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1327, [3] and Willelmus Tuphird in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Topper, Toppfer, Tupper, Touper, Toper and others.


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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.

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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

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  • 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

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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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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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