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The name Epperson has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Epperson 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 Epperson 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.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Epperson have been found, including Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.


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


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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Epperson, or a variant listed above:

Epperson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Epperson, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Epperson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ulin S. Epperson, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Epperson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Josephine Epperson, aged 28, who settled in Chicago, in 1912
  • John C. Epperson, aged 29, who settled in San Francisco, Calf., in 1912
  • William Philip Epperson, aged 9, who emigrated to Kansas City, Missouri in 1915
  • John Epperson, aged 34, who emigrated to Los Angeles, Cal, in 1919
  • Sam Epperson, aged 24, who emigrated to Nashna, Tennessee in 1919


  • Van Epperson (b. 1957), American actor
  • Tom Epperson, American screenwriter
  • Frank Epperson (1894-1983), American boy who at the age of eleven invented the Popsicle
  • Don Epperson (1938-1973), American singer and actor
  • Chad Epperson (b. 1972), American minor league baseball coach and manager
  • Brenda Epperson (b. 1965), American actress and singer
  • Stuart Epperson, co-founder and chairman of Salem Communications
  • Sharon Epperson (b. 1968), business reporter for CNBC
  • Private First Class Harold Glenn Epperson USMCR (1923-1944), American marine who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944


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)

Other References

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The Epperson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Epperson 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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