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The surname Appleby was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in various places so named in England and Scotland. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall, or "apple" combined with byr, meaning "farm."

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The surname Appleby 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.

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Appleby has been spelled Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appleby 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 Appleby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Appleby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Appleby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Appleby, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • William Appleby settled in Virginia in 1645
  • Thomas Appleby, who arrived in Long Island in 1651
  • John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652
  • William Appleby, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
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Appleby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Appleby settled in Antigua in 1729
  • John Appleby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Appleby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Appleby, who landed in Rhode Island in 1813
  • James L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L G Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Robert Appleby, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Appleby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Appleby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Appleby, aged 21, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Sgt. Benjamin Appleby, Jr., U.E., "Appelbie, Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, christened on January 27, 1754 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 One of the original grantees of Parr Town, now a portion of the City of Saint John, New Brunswick, settled Wickham Parish, Queen's County, NB. Enlistment on Muster Janurary 08, 1778 part of the New Jersey Volunteers, 3rd and 4th Battalions, in the Southern Expenditions, died February 17, 1826, buried in Wickham Parish, Queen's County, New Brunswick, son of loyalist James Appleby, Sr. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Sgt. Elnathan Appleby, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled on lands assigned to him in the "Regimental Block" on the St Johns River, New Brunswick) c. 1783 believed to be the Nephew of loyalist James Applby, Sr., enlisted in 1776 part of the Queen's Rangers Regiment under command of Major Rogers, married to Hannah James in February, 1771, they had 8 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Appleby, Jr., U.E.aka "Hendrick", "Appelbie", "Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1766) born in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled in Washademoak Lake, Wickham, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of loyalist James Appleby, Sr. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Appleby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Private John Appleby, U.E., "Appelbie, Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, christened February 07, 1762, in Schraalenburg, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled briefly at Grand Lake, then Saint John, New Brunswick, then purchased 100 acres in 1809 in Chocolate Cove, Deer Island, New Brunswick where he died on December 19, 1825. c. 1783 son of lyalist James Appleby, Sr., enlisted on Muster Janruary 08, 1778, part of Delancy's Cowboys's then New Jersey Volunteers, married Sarah Ann Warren they had 6 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Appleby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Appleby arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • William Frederick Appleby, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • Thomas Appleby (aged 25), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Frank R. Appleby, aged 6, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Appleby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Appleby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
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  • Anne Appleby (b. 1954), American landscape painter
  • John Francis Appleby (1840-1917), American inventor, who created a mechanical sheaf-binder
  • Paul Henson Appleby (1891-1963), American Professor of public administration at Syracuse University
  • Brian Appleby Q. c., English circuit judge for Midland, appointed in 2003
  • Stuart Appleby (b. 1971), Australian, professional PGA golfer
  • Joanne Appleby (b. 1978), English soprano singer
  • Barry Appleby (1909-1996), British cartoonist, best known for creating "The Gambols"
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Appleby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Appleby 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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