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Appleyard is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Appleyard family once lived near an orchard, or in the settlement of Appleyard in Yorkshire. In either case, the name is ultimately derived from the Old English words ęppel, meaning apple, and geard, meaning enclosure.


The surname Appleyard was first found in the counties of Yorkshire and Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They retained their estates after the Norman invasion in 1066 A.D.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Appleyard family name include Appleyard, Appleyeard, Appelyard, Apelyard and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appleyard research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, 1606 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Appleyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Appleyard surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Appleyard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Appleyard settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Thomas Appleyard, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Appleyard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Appleyard who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1729

Appleyard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Appleyard settled in New York state in 1820
  • John Appleyard settled in Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Gilbert C. Appleyard settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1881

Appleyard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Benjamin W Appleyard, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1903
  • Elijah Appleyard, aged 42, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Florence E. Appleyard, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Beatrice Appleyard, aged 23, who settled in America from Patricroft, England, in 1910
  • Eliza A. Appleyard, aged 55, who emigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1911
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Appleyard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick William Appleyard, aged 49, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

Appleyard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Appleyard (aged 21), a quarryman, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Appleyard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Appleyard landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

  • Bryan Appleyard (b. 1951), English journalist and author
  • Bob Appleyard (b. 1924), one of the best English bowlers
  • Major John Geoffrey Appleyard (1916-1943), British Special Air Service (SAS) officer
  • Ronald Appleyard, Australian Art Collector
  • Harold Appleyard, Anglican Bishop to the Canadian Forces
  • Raymond Appleyard, Director General to the European Community
  • Peter Appleyard OC (1928-2013), English-born, Canadian jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer, perhaps best known for his performances with Benny Goodman's jazz sextet in the 1970s
  • Fred Appleyard (1874-1963), British landscape artist
  • Donald Appleyard (1928-1982), Professor of Urban Design at the University of California

Appleyard Historic Events

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  • Mr. John A F Appleyard (b. 1911), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Appleyard Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Appleyard 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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