Apsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Apsey comes from when the family resided near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Apsey is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.

Early Origins of the Apsey family

The surname Apsey 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.

Early History of the Apsey family

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Apsey Spelling Variations

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 Apsey include Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Apsey family (pre 1700)

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Apsey migration to the United States

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:

Apsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Apsey, aged 70, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [2]
Apsey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Fletcher Apsey, aged 41, originally from St. Johns, who arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Rosalind" from St. John's, Newfoundland [3]
  • Mary Apsey, aged 25, originally from St. Johns, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Rosalind" from St. John's, Newfoundland [4]
  • Arthur Apsey, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Silvia" from St. John's, Newfoundland [5]
  • Charles Apsey, aged 25, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Southampton, England [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Apsey (post 1700)

  • John Apsey CBE, British Royal Corps of Naval Constructors who was awarded his CBE a the 1920 Birthday Honours by King George V
  • Thomas Leonard "Len" Apsey (1910-1967), Welsh professional footballer who played from 1930 to 1931

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXM7-9TG : 6 December 2014), William Apsey, 16 Jun 1894; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNSD-WYM : 6 December 2014), John Fletcher Apsey, 02 Dec 1904; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Rosalind, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF7B-SJX : 6 December 2014), Mary Apsey, 03 Aug 1905; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Rosalind, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXG6-3T1 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Apsey, 20 Feb 1908; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGG-2JD : 6 December 2014), Charles Apsey, 01 Apr 1908; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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