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The ancestors of the Apps surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Apps is derived from the Old English word ępse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.


The surname Apps was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Apps include Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apps research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Apps History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Apps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Apps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmond Apps who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Edmond Apps, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Apps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Apps, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Apps Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Apps Jr., aged 19, landed in Montreal in 1848

Apps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Apps, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Richard Apps, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Ellen Apps, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874


  • Syl Apps III (b. 1976), American ice hockey player, the grandson of Syl Apps
  • Geoffrey Cleland Apps (b. 1949), English pioneer of mountain bikes
  • Charles Joseph Sylvanus "Syl" Apps CM (1915-1998), Canadian professional NHL hockey player, Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario, inductee into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1975)
  • Greg Apps (b. 1955), Australian casting director, known for his work on Mission: Impossible II (2000), Knowing (2009) and Chopper (2000)
  • Roy Apps (b. 1951), British BAFTA award winning screenwriter, dramatist and children’s author
  • Deon Apps (b. 1987), Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for South Sydney in 2011
  • Sylvanus Marshall Apps Jr. (b. 1947), retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre, son of Syl Apps
  • William Alfred Apps (b. 1957), Canadian lawyer, businessman and prominent
  • Lieutenant Gordon Frank Mason Apps (1899-1931), British World War I flying ace credited with 10 aerial victories
  • Gillian Mary Apps (b. 1983), Canadian six-time gold medalist women's ice hockey player


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Apps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Apps 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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