Turpin family page
Christopher Turpin and Mary McMillen were married in St Helier in 1837
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Origins of surname
This is a name of English origin, which has changed its spelling over a long period, making a link to the original derivation difficult to establish. The Domesday Book includes references in the Yorkshire area to the names Torfin or Turfin, which are believed to stem from the Viking porfinnr, which loosely means 'God-finn' and is probably from the same source as the country name Finland.
The name made its first appearance in Jersey church records in 1839 with the marriage in St Helier of James Turpin and Cordelia Dustin - see tree below. James came to Jersey from Devon, but his father and several generations before came from Stowe in Buckinghamshire.
Three other Turpins to arrive in Jersey from Devon and marry in St Helier were Christopher, who married Mary McMilian from Ireland in 1837; John, who married Agnes Mockridge from Dorset in 1838; and Christopher, who married Betsey Bray, from Cornwall, in 1840.
John and Agnes had six children baptised in St Helier: George James (1845- ), Charles William (1848- ), Christopher George (1850- ), Mary Jane (1853- ), Robert James (1856- ) and Ellen Matilda (1858- ).
- Turpin, the only known spelling in Jersey
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Turpin family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Adolphus Turpin, 26 Vauxhall Street, St Helier, bequeaths to James Abraham Turpin and to Florence Louise Turpin 20 Journeaux Street, St Helier; to Ethel Turpin Pirouet 9 and 10 Coie Cottages, St Saviours Road; to Richard James Turpin 1 Westley Cottages; to Ruby May Turpin 2 Westley Cottages; to Lizzie Florence Turpin 3 Westley Cottages - 3 January 1933, D/Y/A/94
- Elizabeth Turpin, St Martin, widow of Henry Robert Judd - 12 March 1941, D/Y/A/107
- Amelia Turpin, wife of John Thomas Heywood, St Helier - 12 December 1913, D/Y/A/72
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