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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Upson. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Upson family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Upson is a local type of surname and the Upson family lived in Cornwall, in the village of Upton. which literally means "higher farmstead or village," from the Old English words "upp" + "tun." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Upson Early Origins



The surname Upson was first found in Cornwall at Upton, a hamlet that dates at least back to the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
While there are numerous place so named in England, it is in this area where "an ancient Cornish family, said to have been originally of Upton, in that county, or, according to Prince in his Worthies of Devon, named from Upton in parish of Collumpton in Devonshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Another reference postulates: "they were probably descended from Ralph Fitz-Stephen temp. Henry II, and from the arms appears to be of De la Folie of Normandy." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Upson Spelling Variations


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Upson Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Upton, Uppeton and others.

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Upson Early History


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Upson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Upson research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1218, 1308, 1620, 1453, 1590, 1641, 1625, 1641, 1687 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Upson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Upson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Upson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Upton (died c.1453), English politician, Member of Parliament for Warwick; John Upton (15901641), of Lupton in Devon was four times elected MP...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Upson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Upson In Ireland


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Upson In Ireland



Some of the Upson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Upson were

Upson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Steven Upson, aged 23, arrived in New England in 1635

Upson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Denis A. Upson, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • H. S. Upson, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1893
  • A. F. Upson, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Carolyne Upson, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • D.G. Upson, aged 12, who settled in America, in 1896

Upson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hilda Upson, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Crockley, in 1904
  • Henry S. Upson, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Dennis A. Upson, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Dr. Geo. D. Upson, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Florence Upson, aged 6, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Upson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Upson (post 1700)



  • Stephen Upson (1785-1824), American politician and lawyer, eponym of Upson County, Georgia
  • Ralph Hazlett Upson (1888-1968), American balloonist, winner of the 1913 International Balloon Race, recipient of the Wright Brothers Medal (1929)
  • Maxwell Mayhew Upson, trustee of Cornell University for 35 years
  • Christopher C. Upson (1829-1902), American politician, U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Charles Upson (1821-1885), American politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • Arthur Upson (1877-1908), American poet
  • Robert E. Upson, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Southington, 1912
  • Salmon Upson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wolcott, 1838
  • Stuart A. Upson, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Monroe; Elected 1946
  • Thomas F. Upson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 6th District, 1976
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Upson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Upson 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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