Last name: TOPHAM

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TOPHAM : This last name is indexed 29,895 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

TOPHAM : English (mainly northern especially Yorkshire):: 1: nickname from Middle English Toppan of uncertain meaning. The second element is perhaps Middle English pan(ne) ‘(crown of the) head’ while Top- could be derived from several different words. If from Middle English toppen ‘to shave (the head)’ then Toppan might have been a name for a barber who provided tonsures for the clergy. Alternatively Top- might represent Middle English tup top(pe) ‘ram male sheep’ hence ‘ram-head’ or Middle English top(pe) Anglo-Norman French tupe ‘hair on the head tuft of hair forelock’ denoting someone with a distinctive head of hair.2: variant of Topping.3: in Lincolnshire a variant of Tupholme a habitational name from a place so named in Lincolnshire. The placename derives from the Old Norse personal name Tupi or a word of obscure origin from which Middle English tup ‘ram’ derives + Old Norse holmr ‘small island water meadow’.4: in southern England the name is rare and may be from an unidentified placename there. The placename may derive from Old English topp ‘top hill top’ + hām ‘village homestead’ but this cannot be certain.

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