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Of English origin.

From an English surname.

Upton derives from an Old English place name, meaning “upper town”.

Famous bearer is American novelist Upton Sinclair.

Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. wrote more than 100 books and he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943, for his novel “The Dragon’s teeth”.

He was an activist and a journalist as well.

His most known novel is “The Jungle”, written by Sinclair in order to expose the mistreatment and exploitation of immigrants in the United States’ industrialized cities.