The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Eppard family. Eppard is a local
name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Bavaria
, where they became known from the early Middle Ages as an important family within the social and cultural life of the community.
Early Origins of the Eppard family
The surname Eppard was first found in Bavaria
, where the family held a family seat
in the Middle Ages. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Eberhart and Friedericus of Ebs in Bavaria
in 1190, Albertus (Appelinus) dictus Eppelin in Heilbronn in 1283, Rudel Eppfeler in Glatz in 1367, Nicholous Eppler in Iglau in 1390.
Early History of the Eppard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eppard research.Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1295, 1434, 1515, 1586, 1598, 1717, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Eppard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eppard Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Eppard include Epple, Eppler, Epler, Eppel, Eppell, Eppli, Epp, Eppo, Eppe, Eppard, Eppele, Eppelin, Eppeler, Eppfeler, Eppelen, Epplen, Eppan, Eppaner, Epplan, Eplan, Epling, Eppling, Eps, Epps, Ebs, Ebbs, Eppes, Epes, Eppley and many more.
Early Notables of the Eppard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eppard family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Eppards to arrive in North America, and among them were: William Epes, who settled in Virginia between 1624 and 1625. Hans Eppli came to Pennsylvania in 1739; as did Yerick Eply at age 25 in 1740; Adam Epler in 1760.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eppard (post 1700)
- James Gerhard Eppard (b. 1960), American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman from South Bend, Indiana
- Josh Eppard (b. 1979), American musician
- Joey Eppard (b. 1976), American music writer, recording artist, and the lead vocalist and guitarist
- J. W. Eppard, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 40th District, 1891-92
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