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Where did the Welsh Aprichard family come from? What is the Welsh Aprichard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aprichard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aprichard family history?The Welsh Brythonic-Celtic name Aprichard is a patronymic surname created from the personal name Richard. The surname features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," which means "son of." The original form of the name was ap-Richard, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time, and the overall spelling has sometimes been altered.
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Aprichard has occasionally been spelled Uprichard, Aprichard and others.
First found in Cardiganshire, where they were descended from Gwaeth Voed, Lord of Cardigan, and Ivor, the King of Gwent. They were resident at Ywch Aeron, and seated from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aprichard research. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aprichard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Aprichard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Aprichard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Aprichard:
Aprichard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Aprichard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aprichard 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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