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

Applegate is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfries. The Applegate surname comes from the northern Middle English applegarth, meaning "apple orchard." The name may have been originally used for someone who lived near an orchard, or it may have been a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, and in the county of Dumfries.

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Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Applegate has been spelled Aplegath, Aplegarth, Applegarth, Applegate and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat at Applegarth, near Lockerbie.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Applegate research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1340 are included under the topic Early Applegate History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Applegate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Applegate Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Applegate, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Applegate, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Clement Applegate who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Ares Applegate, who landed in Long Island in 1679

Applegate Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Applegate, who arrived in Albany, NY in 1776

Applegate Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John R Applegate, who arrived in America in 1840
  • John Applegate settled in San Francisco, California, in 1850
  • R P Applegate, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

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  • Andrew Applegate (1833-1870), American politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Alabama (1868-1870)
  • Christina Applegate (b. 1971), American Emmy Award winning, Tony Award and Golden Globe nominated actress
  • Douglas Applegate (b. 1928), American politician, former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Katherine Alice Applegate (b. 1956), American author, best known for her Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld book series, recipient of the Best New Children's Book Series Award in Publishers Weekly (1997)
  • Elmer Ivan Applegate (1867-1949), American botanist, he wrote 12 botanical names for plant species
  • Jesse Applegate (1811-1888), American pioneer who led settlers along the Oregon Trail to the Oregon Country, he later established the eponymous Applegate Trail as an alternative route to the Oregon Trail
  • Lindsay Applegate (1808-1892), American pioneer who helped co-found the Applegate Trail
  • Douglas "Doug" Applegate (1928-1977), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1977-1995)
  • Jodi Applegate (b. 1964), American broadcast journalist for MSNBC and NBC News
  • Debby Applegate (b. 1968), American historian and biographer, best known for writing The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

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The Applegate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Applegate 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.

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