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About the study
In addition to my own tree I have 3 smaller trees where there would appear to be some possible direct relationship and I am working to determine if there is indeed a relationship.
During 2009 I intend to catalogue all occurences of the name Toplis and Topliss from the GRO registers from 1837 to 1950 as a first stage in my ONS project.
Historical occurrences of the name
- William Arthur Toplis (1857 - 1942) a marine artist who illustrated the Book of Sark. In 2008 his work and life was the subject of a major exhibition in the Candy Gallery, Guernsey, Channel Islands.
- Francis Percy Toplis (1896 - 1920) aka The Monocled Mutineer. The subject of a book and major film series on BBC television, he was shot by police in Cumbria after being pursued the length and breadth of the UK.
According to an ONS database there are some 774 Toplis's as of September 2002. This gives a frequency of 1 in 72,222 of the population. This makes it the 8134th most common name in England and Wales.