Saddened for my English, I use a translation software. I am Eric Tupin, I am 35 years old, am a professor of History and lived to Feurs, next to Lyon, in France.
The name Tupin arises from this city of France. Lyon was most big city of Gaule (name of the French territory at the time Roman). A Roman " villae " was very important was in 30 km in the south of Lyon, next to the city of Vienna. A " villae " , was the property of a citizen. She(it) regrouped an important farm, craft workshops (pottery, forge.) very numerous servants. This property was a small village. In the 4 ème century Anno Domini, this " villae " , was the property of a gallo-Roman family, Tupi. This " villae " was renowned for the quality of its potteries. The village became Tupin-et-Semons, and one produces there " Côte-Rotie " famous wine, big vineyard of Côtes-du-Rhône.
The French names formed in the 13 ème century on the basis of name of places or professions. The language of time was still close to the Latin. Tupin appeared in the region of Lyon in this time there. Those that one indicated(appointed) so were potters. It(he) In the region of Lyons, and in the South of France, a Tupin, a toupin, a tupinier, indicates(appoints) a jar in terra-cotta. In Lyon, there is a street Tupin, and a traditional fair to the old man tupiniers.
At present, the rare French families carrying(wearing) the name Tupin, are concentrated for the main thing in a beam(shelf) of 250 km around Lyon (Burgundy, High - Savoy, Franche-Comté). One confuses(merges) Tupin and Turpin. Turpin is a name native of the North of France, and has the same origin. It(he) was popularized by Turpinius, a bishop, close to Charlemagne at about the year 800 Anno Domini.
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