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The name Appleton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near an orchard or a homestead where apples were grown. The Old English word for orchard is ęppeltun, which is a compound word formed from ęppel, which means apple, and tun, which means enclosure. The surname may also be derived from residency near the various settlements called Appleton in Cheshire, Kent, and Yorkshire, among other places.

Appleton Early Origins



The surname Appleton was first found in Lancashire at Widness with Appleton, a township, in the parish and union of Prescot, hundred of West Derby. The estate of Widness with Appleton was once held by the family but was lost under tragic circumstances. "Appleton gave name to an ancient family, the last of whom left two children under the guardianship of one Hawarden, who was reported to have murdered them. The estate afterwards belonged to the Gellibrands, who succeeded the Hawardens." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Some of the first records of the name include John de Appelton who represented York in the parliament in the reign of Edward II and William Appleton who was sheriff of that city in the reign of James II. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Thomas de Appelton in Oxfordshire; and Wydo de Appelton in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus de Appilton. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Further north in Scotland, one of the first records there was Robert de Aplinden or Aplintoune in Annandale who forfeited his lands in the reign of Robert Bruce. Later Robert de Aplinton or Appylton had a charter of land in the burgh of Invemys from Robert II in 1378. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Appleton Spelling Variations


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Appleton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Appleton have been found, including Appleton, Apelton, Apleton, Appletown, Apylton and others.

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Appleton Early History


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Appleton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appleton research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Appleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Appleton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Appleton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Appleton In Ireland


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Appleton In Ireland



Some of the Appleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Appleton, or a variant listed above:

Appleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Appleton settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Appleton settled in that same estate in 1635
  • Samuel Appleton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • John Appleton, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1656
  • Josiah Appleton, who arrived in New Jersey in 1690
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Appleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Appleton settled in Maryland in 1734
  • Francis Appleton settled in Maryland in 1774

Appleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Appleton settled in South Carolina in 1822
  • E Appleton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Appleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Appleton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Appleton settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, in 1774
  • Robert Appleton, aged 24, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

Appleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Appleton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Appleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bardaster" in 1839
  • Henry Appleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Margaret Ann Appleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Priscilla Appleton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Appleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Appleton, aged 44, a foreman porter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Amelia Appleton, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Edwin Appleton, aged 20, a porter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Appleton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Appleton (post 1700)



  • Otis Ray "Killer" Appleton (1941-2015), American jazz drummer
  • George Swett Appleton (1821-1878), American publisher, the third son of Daniel Appleton
  • Daniel Appleton (1785-1849), American publisher, founder of D. Appleton & Co. in 1831
  • William Henry Appleton (1814-1899), American publisher, son of Daniel Appleton
  • Brigadier-General John Adams Appleton (1892-1966), American Director-General of Military Railways, European Theater of Operation (1944)
  • Jon Howard Appleton (b. 1939), American composer and teacher who was a pioneer in electro-acoustic music
  • Calvin Appleton, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Liverpool, 1863-77
  • Arthur Taggard Appleton (1884-1961), American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council 4th District; Elected 1938
  • Albert I. Appleton, American Republican politician, Candidate for University of Illinois trustee, 1938
  • Albert Francis Appleton (1850-1914), American politician, Delegate to North Dakota State Constitutional Convention from Pembina County, 1889; Member of North Dakota State Senate
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Appleton Historic Events


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Appleton Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles Appleton (1872-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Emma  Appleton (1865-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Georgina E.  Appleton (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Charlotte Lane Appleton, (née Lamson), aged 53, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 2

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Appleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Appleton 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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