Origin of the Name Upton
The origin of the name Upton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Upton is A locality name from places found in Counties Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Chester. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Henry de Upton of County Huntingdonshire and a Richard de Upton of County Wiltshire who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A John de Upton of County Berkshire was recorded in the 'Testa de Neville' in the reign of Henry III.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Upton is most associated with Counties Cork and Antrim. Castle Upton is located in Armagh and was founded in the year 1625.
The Upton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Upton descendants.