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Topper Coat of Arms / Topper Family Crest

Topper Coat of Arms / Topper Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of TOPPER was a German occupational name for a maker of metal earthenware pots. The name was originally derived from the Old German word TOPFER (potter). The name was first found in the 12th century. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. There are many variants of the name which include TOPFFER, TEPFER, DOPPNER, TEPERMAN and TOPER. A notable member of the name was Rodolphe TOPFFER (1799-1846) the Swiss cartoonist and writer, born in Geneva. In 1825 he founded a boarding school, and in 1832 became professor of rhetoric at Geneva Academy. He was the author of the humorous short story 'La Bibliotheque de mon oncle' (1832). German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.


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