Eppelyeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Eppelyeard belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having 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 Eppelyeard family
The surname Eppelyeard 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 Eppelyeard family
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Eppelyeard Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Eppelyeard include Appleyard, Appleyeard, Appelyard, Apelyard and many more.
Early Notables of the Eppelyeard family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Anne Appleyard, wife of Robert Bedingfield, Solicitor General to Queen Elizabeth I; and Sir Mathew Appleyard (1606-1669), an English Royalist military commander. He was "the son of Thomas Appleyard, the descendant of...
Migration of the Eppelyeard family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Eppelyeard were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.