The Schupli Name Study project wants to know if Schupli is German or Italian?

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This name has been found in Germany but it looks Italian. Help us  figure it out in the Schupli Name Study project!
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in Requests for Project Volunteers by Living Troy G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
Doesn't strike me as Italian at all. "Sch" appears in Italian only before e or i and is pronounced "sk". The name looks Alemannic as spoken in South Baden, Alsace, and foremost in the German part of Switzerland.

BTW, the Italian speaking parts of Switzerland are part of the country since 1513 and the other parts of Upper Italy once controlled briefly by Switzerland were lost in 1515 (battle of Marignano).

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As someone who speaks German, I think that the surname Schuppli would be either Southern German, Swiss or Italian. The -li ending is the equivalent of the -chen ending in formal German. It means "Little". However, we have to remember that the borders have changed radically over the centuries, and some of what is now Northern Italy was once iin Switzerland. (In fact, if the famous Swiss novel Heidi were written these days, she would have been Italian as her valley is now in Val D'Aosta). So, there is no hard and fast rule as to what country the name comes from, just where your ancestor was before they emigrated. That is the information you  need, so go backwards until you find the original Schuppli in your country and see what information is given on the shipping documents. They may have left their homeland when Italy was forming, or because of persecution under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I have translated documents for some of these Swiss-German-Italian families before.
by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 8 (81.7k points)
selected by Jon Bost
+3 votes
Sch-upi would be Yiddish I had similar problems with sch-ippert though by tradition German during the 1800's all of the wives had Jewish surnames

check surnames of spouses immigration records and then Jewish temple records

there may have been restriction on Jewish immigration through the 1940's

1600's? if she had been suspected of being a Jew she was risking being burned alive.

Jews frequently had to change their names to something that sounded like the native tongue that old it is a distinct probability
by Michael Gentry G2G Crew (770 points)
Although I appreciate the suggestion made, I have doubts about the accuracy of this derivation. I have commented below. I have checked online and there are a lot of Swiss Schupplis being spoken of.

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