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

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Eppo family. The Eppo surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria, where they became known from the early Middle Ages as an important family within the social and cultural life of the community.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Eppo include Epple, Eppler, Epler, Eppel, Eppell, Eppli, Epp, Eppo, Eppe, Eppard, Eppele, Eppelin, Eppeler, Eppfeler, Eppelen, Epplen, Eppan, Eppaner, Epplan, Eplan, Epling, Eppling, Eps, Epps, Ebs, Ebbs, Eppes, Epes, Eppley and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family held a family seat in the Middle Ages. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Eberhart and Friedericus of Ebs in Bavaria in 1190, Albertus (Appelinus) dictus Eppelin in Heilbronn in 1283, Rudel Eppfeler in Glatz in 1367, Nicholous Eppler in Iglau in 1390.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eppo research. Another 389 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1295, 1434, 1515, 1586, 1598, 1717, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Eppo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eppo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Eppo or a variant listed above: William Epes, who settled in Virginia between 1624 and 1625. Hans Eppli came to Pennsylvania in 1739; as did Yerick Eply at age 25 in 1740; Adam Epler in 1760.

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