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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 æppel, meaning apple, and geard, meaning enclosure.

Early Origins of the Appleyard family

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.

Early History of the Appleyard family

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Appleyard Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Appleyard family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Anne Appleyard, wife of Robert Bedingfield, Solicitor General to Queen Elizabeth

United States Appleyard migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Thomas Appleyard, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
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, who settled in New York state in 1820
  • John Appleyard, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Gilbert C. Appleyard, who settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1881
Appleyard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Benjamin W Appleyard, aged 26, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1911
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Canada Appleyard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Appleyard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Frederick William Appleyard, aged 49, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

Australia Appleyard migration to Australia +

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

Appleyard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Audrey Appleyard, (Ordery), (b. 1777), aged 23, British Convict who was convicted in Lincolnshire (Parts of Lindsey), England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1819 [2]
  • Mr. George Appleyard, English convict who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fame" on 9th October 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Edward Appleyard, (b. 1821), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1873 [4]
  • William Appleyard (aged 21), a quarryman, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Mr. Abraham Appleyard, (b. 1833), aged 24, English labourer who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia, he died in 1868 [5]

New Zealand Appleyard 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:

Appleyard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Appleyard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Appleyard (post 1700) +

  • Bryan Appleyard (b. 1951), English journalist and author
  • Bob Appleyard (b. 1924), one of the best English bowlers
  • Donald Appleyard (1928-1982), American Professor of Urban Design at the University of California
  • 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

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John A F Appleyard (b. 1911), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [6]

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  6. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook