The chronicles of the Apelby family show that the name was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name for a person who lived in various places so named in England
. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall,
or "apple" combined with byr,
Early Origins of the Apelby family
The surname Apelby was first found in Westmorland
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Appleby from about the year 1250, which later became the county town of Appleby. This town was frequently sacked and plundered and was a favorite target of raids north of the border.
Early History of the Apelby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apelby research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1617, 1407, 1397, 1404, 1488 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Apelby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Apelby Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Apelby has been spelled Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Apelby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Apelby family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: William Apleby, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Appleby settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652; William Appleby settled there in 1645.