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Applegate is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfries. The Applegate surname comes from the northern Middle English applegarth, meaning "apple orchard." The name may have been originally used for someone who lived near an orchard, or it may have been a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, and in the county of Dumfries.
The surname Applegate was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat at Applegarth, near Lockerbie.
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Applegate has been spelled Aplegath, Aplegarth, Applegarth, Applegate and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Applegate research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1340 and 1284 are included under the topic Early Applegate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Applegate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:
Applegate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Applegate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Applegate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Applegate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Applegate 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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