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Topham Name Meaning

English (mainly northern especially Yorkshire):: 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. variant of Topping . 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’. 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Popham, Tatham, Lapham, Mepham, Gorham, Upham, Gotham, Hotham, Higham

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You can see how Topham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Topham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Topham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Topham families living in Massachusetts. This was about 25% of all the recorded Topham's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Topham families in 1840.
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What did your Topham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Topham. 17% of Topham men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Topham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Topham were Superintendent and Stenogpher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Superintendent
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Stenogpher
    9%
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What is the average Topham lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Topham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Topham in 1954 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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