Apperley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Apperley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of the places called Apperley in Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Northumberland. There is also an Apperley Bridge in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1] [2]

Apperley in Gloucestershire is the oldest as it dates back to 1200 when it was known as Apperleg. Literally the place name means "wood or clearing where apple trees grow," from the Old English "apuldor" + "leah." [3]

Early Origins of the Apperley family

The surname Apperley was first found in Gloucestershire where Richard de Apperleee was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1221. A few years later, Thomas de Apperleye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire c. 1280. [1]

John de Apperleghe was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [4] and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included William de Appert, Oxfordshire. [5]

"Apperley is an old Herefordshire surname, probably derived from the hamlet of that name in the neighbouring county of Gloucester. There were Apperleys in Linton 200 years ago, and during the reign of Charles II. Thomas Apperley, gent., lived at Eaton Tregose. In the last century, a gentle family of Apperley resided in Withington (D.). At present the Apperleys are mostly gathered together in the vicinity of Hereford, but there are still representatives of the name in Withington." [6]

Early History of the Apperley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apperley research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 195 and 1952 are included under the topic Early Apperley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Apperley Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Apperley has undergone many spelling variations, including Appaleigh, Apperley, Apperly, Applegh, Appeley, Appley, Apply, Epperley, Epperleigh, Eppley and many more.

Early Notables of the Apperley family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Apperley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Apperley migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Apperley were among those contributors:

Apperley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Apperley, who arrived in Barbados in 1654 and later moved to the mainland

Australia Apperley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Apperley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Apperley, (b. 1811), aged 23, English Shoemaker who was convicted in Gloucester, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1846 [7]

New Zealand Apperley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Apperley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Apperley, aged 24, a wheel wright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Apperley, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Apperley (post 1700) +

  • Charles James Apperley (1777-1843), English sportsman and sporting writer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner


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