Upham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Upham family

The surname Upham was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Upham family

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Upham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Upham, Uppham and others.

Early Notables of the Upham family (pre 1700)

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Upham Ranking

In the United States, the name Upham is the 10,828th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Upham family to Ireland

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United States Upham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Upham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Upham, aged 32, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • John Upham, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • Sarah Upham, aged 26, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • F. Upham, who settled in Charleston, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Nathaniel Upham, who arrived in New England in 1653 [2]
Upham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Upham, who settled in New England in 1772
Upham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G T Upham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]

Canada Upham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Upham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Upham U.E. who settled in Country Harbour, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the Kings Carolina Rangers, married to Mary having 1 child, he died in 1821 [3]
  • Mr. Jaber Upham U.E. (b. 1741) born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1822 [3]
  • Mr. Joshua Upham U.E. born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1784 he graduated from Harvard in 1763, was a Judge of the Supreme Count in New Brunswick [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Upham (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Upham, American soldier, businessman, and politician who served as the 18th Governor of Wisconsin
  • Charles W Upham (1802-1875), American historian and U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • Frank Brooks Upham (1872-1939), American admiral in the United States Navy during the Spanish American War and World War I
  • Edward Upham (1776-1834), English bookseller and orientalist, born at Exeter, the third son of Charles Upham (1739–1807), mayor of Exeter in 1796
  • John Upham, New Zealand Lawyer
  • Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham VC & Bar (1908-1994), New Zealand soldier who won the Victoria Cross twice during the Second World War [4]
  • Carleton Upham Carpenter Jr. (1926-2022), American film, television and stage actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Charles Upham Champion (1864-1949), American Democratic Party politician, Branch County Prosecuting Attorney; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1932 (alternate) [5]
  • Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), American archaeologist and historian of Persian art

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Constant  Upham (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Hattie G.  Upham (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Miss Ellen Kennedy  Upham (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Jenny  Upham (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Annie May R.  Upham (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • ... (Another 6 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ernest F. Upham, British Boy Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - UPHAM, Charles. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Charles Upham. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/173
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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