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

Appleyard is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Appleyard family once lived near an orchard, or in the settlement of Appleyard in Yorkshire. In either case, the name is ultimately derived from the Old English words ęppel, meaning apple, and geard, meaning enclosure.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Appleyard family name include Appleyard, Appleyeard, Appelyard, Apelyard and many more.

First found in the counties of Yorkshire and Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They retained their estates after the Norman invasion in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appleyard research. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, 1606 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Appleyard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Appleyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Appleyard surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Appleyard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Appleyard settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Thomas Appleyard, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Appleyard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Appleyard who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1729

Appleyard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David Appleyard settled in New York state in 1820
  • John Appleyard settled in Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Gilbert C. Appleyard settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1881

Appleyard Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Benjamin W Appleyard, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1903
  • Elijah Appleyard, aged 42, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Florence E. Appleyard, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Beatrice Appleyard, aged 23, who settled in America from Patricroft, England, in 1910
  • Eliza A. Appleyard, aged 55, who emigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1911


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  • Bob Appleyard (b. 1924), one of the best English bowlers
  • Bryan Appleyard (b. 1951), English journalist and author
  • Raymond Appleyard, Director General to the European Community
  • Harold Appleyard, Anglican Bishop to the Canadian Forces
  • Ronald Appleyard, Australian Art Collector
  • Donald Appleyard (1928-1982), Professor of Urban Design at the University of California
  • Fred Appleyard (1874-1963), British landscape artist
  • Major John Geoffrey Appleyard (1916-1943), British Special Air Service (SAS) officer
  • Peter Appleyard OC (1928-2013), English-born, Canadian jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer, perhaps best known for his performances with Benny Goodman's jazz sextet in the 1970s


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  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Appleyard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Appleyard 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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