Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Toplas, Topless, Topleys, Topliss, Toplisse
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Toplis
Contact: Mr Alan Toplis
In addition to my own tree I have 20 smaller trees where there would appear to be some possible direct relationship and I am working to determine if there is indeed a relationship.
I have catalogued all occurrences of the name Toplis and Topliss from the GRO registers from 1837 to 1985 as a first stage in my ONS project.
- 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.
- Claude Martineau Toplis (1871 - 1961) a mechanical engineer who invented and patented the Toplis Level Luffing Crane built by Stother & Pitt Ltd. Until the advent of containerisation this crane was the only method of safely lifting goods to and from the holds of ships
According to an ONS database there were 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.
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