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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Appleby family come from? What is the Scottish Appleby family crest and coat of arms? When did the Appleby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Appleby family history?

The surname Appleby was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in various places so named in England and Scotland. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall, or "apple" combined with byr, meaning "farm."

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Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Appleby has been spelled Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.

First found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Appleby from about the year 1250, which later became the county town of Appleby. This town was frequently sacked and plundered and was a favorite target of raids north of the border.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appleby research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1617, 1407, 1397, 1404, 1488 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Appleby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Appleby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Appleby Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Appleby, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • William Appleby settled in Virginia in 1645
  • Thomas Appleby, who arrived in Long Island in 1651
  • John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652
  • William Appleby, who arrived in Maryland in 1657


Appleby Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Appleby settled in Antigua in 1729
  • John Appleby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Appleby Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Appleby, who landed in Rhode Island in 1813
  • James L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L G Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Robert Appleby, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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  • John Francis Appleby (1840-1917), American inventor, who created a mechanical sheaf-binder
  • Anne Appleby (b. 1954), American landscape painter
  • Paul Henson Appleby (1891-1963), American Professor of public administration at Syracuse University
  • Brian Appleby Q.C., English circuit judge for Midland, appointed in 2003
  • Stuart Appleby (b. 1971), Australian, professional PGA golfer
  • Barry Appleby (1909-1996), British cartoonist, best known for creating "The Gambols"
  • Joanne Appleby (b. 1978), English soprano singer


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The Appleby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Appleby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 February 2014 at 17:27.

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