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

The rich and ancient history of the Delapp family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal nameLapin. The surname Delapp referred to the son of Lapin which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Delapp have been found, including Lappin, Lapping, Lappine, Lapinus, Lapyn, Lappyng, Lapine, Lappen and many more.

First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delapp research. Another 218 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1481, and 1749 are included under the topic Early Delapp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Delapp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Delapp, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Delapp Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas DeLapp, who arrived in Maryland in 1650-1651

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