name Epelyard comes from the family having resided near an orchard
, or in the settlement of Appleyard
. In either case, the name is ultimately derived from the Old English words æppel,
Early Origins of the Epelyard family
The surname Epelyard was first found in the counties of Yorkshire
, 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 Epelyard family
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Epelyard Spelling Variations
Epelyard has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Appleyard, Appleyeard, Appelyard, Apelyard and many more.
Early Notables of the Epelyard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Epelyard family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Epelyards to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Appleyard who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1729; Thomas Appleyard settled in Virginia in 1663; David Appleyard settled in New York state in 1820.