Show ContentsAplin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Aplin begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Appeline. Appeline was a popular girl's name. "This was the usual English form of Appolonia, a martyr at Alexandria, who, among other tortures, had all her teeth beaten out It was a popular girl's name, and survived the Reformation. " [1]

Early Origins of the Aplin family

The surname Aplin was first found in Kent, where the first on record was Thomas Abelyn who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

"The Aplins, who are now well established in the Chard district, [Somerset] were represented in Glastonbury and other parts of the county 200 years ago. " [2]

Early History of the Aplin family

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Aplin Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Aplin has been recorded under many different variations, including Applin, Appling, Applyn, Abelyn, Aplyon, Aplin and others.

Early Notables of the Aplin family (pre 1700)

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United States Aplin migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aplin or a variant listed above:

Aplin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Aplin, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Elizabeth Aplin, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1730
  • Elizabeth Aplin, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730 [3]
  • John Aplin, who arrived in Connecticut in 1772 [3]

Australia Aplin migration to Australia +

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

Aplin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Charles Bennett Aplin, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Thomas Aplin, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [5]

New Zealand Aplin 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:

Aplin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Aplin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • John Aplin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Ellen Aplin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • James Aplin, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Harriet Aplin, aged 39, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Aplin (post 1700) +

  • Ryan Aplin, American football quarterback
  • Henry Harrison Aplin (1841-1910), American Civil War veteran, businessman, and politician
  • Gabrielle Ann Aplin (b. 1992), English singer-songwriter
  • Admiral Peter Aplin (1753-1817), British Naval officer, midshipman of the Roebuck on 9 Oct. 1776, when her first lieutenant was killed in action and was promoted to the vacancy caused by his death
  • Nick Aplin (b. 1952), Associate Professor at the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group, Nanyang Technological Univeristy [6]
  • Joseph Aplin (1740-1804), Canadian lawyer and political figure
  • Kenneth "Ken" Aplin (1918-2004), Australian rules football field umpire, inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996
  • William Aplin, Australian pastoralist, businessman and parliamentarian
  • Gregory John "Greg" Aplin (b. 1952), Australian politician

HMS Royal Oak
  • William J. Aplin, British Chief Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Raymond Aplin, American Chief Water Tender from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]

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  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2012, January 18) . Retrieved from
  7. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  8. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook